Little Flame

Little flame 

You sleep 

I wait for you to wake 

to hold you in my hands 

and put you in my lap  

and cover you with 

my palm like a blanket


I am bigger than you 

but in my mind 

You are a lighthouse 



Iris is a little flame 

flickering light gray 

with two white stripes 

on either side outlined

in black with a 

big brown stripe between


She is turning into an

adult so she is growing 

her wings, which are 

black with spots 

that my mom calls, 


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