A Small Boy’s Photo

His forehead is lightly furrowed,

like a man doffing his hat.

His eyes are clear.

His smile is bright.

Each short hair of his homemade haircut

is a small exclamation,

like pines on a hillside

rejoicing in the noon sun.

A slight “Hi!” in a cotton shirt

buttoned at the collar.

                                         by Carl Nelson

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