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Rain Puddle Realities
Dan Batson


You thrust your

Bare toddler foot
into the shallow puddle

And then stomp

Your smile turns
into innocent

I know in that

The cascades of

eventually bring.

© by Dan Batson.
Used with the author's permission.


Dan Batson is a United Methodist pastor who lives in Marietta, South Carolina with his wife, Rene’, and their cat, Ansie Gray. Author of a memoir, Morning, he is currently working on a collection of true stories he has used in sermons for the past thirty-six years. Dan enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and family. He has recently rediscovered his love of gardening and enjoys taking long walks in the mountains near his home.

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Delightful. Very visual drawing me into the moment. Those Magical moments of childhood. Gleaning from their innocence. Happy Fathers Day, Dan. Thanks for sharing.
Posted 06/23/2021 11:46 AM
Wilda Morris:
Love the giggles! It brings back good memories of when my grandchildren were little.
Posted 06/21/2021 12:24 PM
I like this!!!
Posted 06/20/2021 01:12 AM
Janet Leahy:
A perfect word choice for this poem, "innocent giggles". The word giggles is fun to say, fun to spell and a delight to witness, it lifts my spirits. Also the phrase "cascades of delight" that is how I felt after reading your poem, thanks Dan.
Posted 06/19/2021 10:21 AM
I could feel that puddle water on my toes.
Posted 06/19/2021 09:28 AM
Great title and use of the puddle encounter as a lovely symbol of things to come!
Posted 06/19/2021 07:04 AM

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