Extra Smiles

At the table
at my cousin’s
wedding reception,
I sat with
my brothers, my
mother, more cousins and
sisters-in-law
a niece and nephew.

In a room
full of family
friends, all cheerful
and sharing
eating and laughing.

But
I was also
off in an alternate
reality,
dancing with my dad
as he always did
at celebrations.

Beyond wondering
at the exact look of his joy
had he lived to see
his favorite niece
on her day,
I wondered what
it might have been like
had he the chance
to give me away.

No regrets really
that it never happened
for me, for us.
It was just
my imagination
bringing me
extra smiles that evening.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 3 prompt: Write a ‘location’ poem. See the details here 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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