Bare

To be bare is

Your one year old searching

Your face, pinching

Your wide nose, then squeezing

Your fuller than full

Lips, lifting your eyelid to see what’s

Underneath,

Piercing your skin with their

Round eyes staring at

Your face with its

So-called flaws and

Peach fuzz in the

Wrong places.

This face

Makes them squeal with delight,

Flashing little white teeth

Within a

Mischievous smile.

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