Tall confidant radiating beauty

sees me

emerging from the taxi

velvet skin

the color of safety

greets me



I’m a child again

sitting on a hard wooden bench

ankle-socked legs



IMG_2684My multi-tasking mother plays the piano

simultaneously parenting

from her perch

on the hot humid platform


A kind-skinned woman

signals from her aisle

nary a glance mom’s way

my patten leather shoes

tiptoe across the church


Nestled between bosom and arms

I marvel at the width of love

the tenderness of height

the beauty of color


IMG_2733A lifetime later

I catch a glimpse

at the corner of childhood

and Harlem

Shari Thomas
*Photos taken in Cuba, where I spent my childhood.