FRECKLES

Patrick Sandford, United Kingdom

Please, don’t cheer at my progress! You may smile,
But let your smiles be kindly and not wry -
Not “There you see - we told you so!”. That style
Can sting.
Picture instead a fractured sky,
Filtering sunlight to a still-dark place,
Testing my skin, and scattering only shy
Freckles of happiness across my face.

Author Statement

I wrote this tentatively cheerful one when I noticed that recovery is possible.

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