just a few more minutes

by Maria Francesca

dress after dress
makes its debut -
pretty pastels
garish jewel tones
frilly catastrophes

and she remains
within them
the little girl
who played dress-up
in my old prom gown


she emerges
from the dressing room -
and from the first inkling of her own potential -

and suddenly
she is
so brilliant
so elegant
so adult

and my first impulse
is to tell her-

"this one's all wrong -
try one of the pink ones again"

but instead
I silently pack up her teddy bears
and crayons
and barbie dolls

and tell her
"you look so beautiful."

after the purchase, though,
I grab onto her hand
as we cross the street;

I tell myself,
for a few more minutes.


Posted on 04/23/2008
Copyright © 2024 Maria Francesca

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 04/23/08 at 03:53 PM

Wow! this brought a tear to my eye...my daughter is 10 and growing up sooo fast! Well done! MFS

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