A Grazing Gaze

That beating weight
of a toddler
Lying chest to chest upon a chest
Breathing steady sleep

Awakens extreme calmness
in both bodies
A package no other soul penetrates
until disturbed 

Watching a trance deepen
surrounded by dream
Witnessing the opposite of hysteria
A distress-free frenzy-less zone

Revered and envied
by parents of teenagers
And those fiercely observant
notice the loveliest of human conditions



- artwork by Y.Z. Kami -
- mailed to Washington -