While she played in the world
man-handling it with wonder.
While she felt the moist grass
on her hands and on her finger tips.
While she followed a crawling speck
extending her finger to meet it.
While she grinned at the wind
in her face and in her hair and in her ears.
Glowing admirers orbit around her.
Shining encouraging eyes.
Warming tender words.
ignored their words,
ignored their eyes,
ignored their hopes,
took that moment as her own.