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Slap happy to see him she

threw her arms about his neck

reaching on tiptoe to do so

every wrinkle of the past smoothed

temporarily out with the sheer surprise

the childlike guileless smile spreading

without thought defense or hesitation

the happy upturned edges of her mouth

plumping up her cheeks like a baby’s

the eyes, their four eyes and likely

those of all who watched feasting on

the details each of the other and all of it

just all of it with the sensation of standing

beneath a cool waterfall tumbling over

washing away every speck of dust and grime

filling their very pores with a tender freshness

giving Hope to everyone looking on.

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