Chocolate caked face

I find peace watching him devour
a cupcake, displaying the stoic
patience of a ravenous dog nine days
since its last dinner. I savor

these moments, serene in the simplicity
of a child’s composure confronting
the confectionery challenge to cram
as much cake+icing in a mouth at once.

I envy his free-spirited delight,
chocolate icing caking his face,
a mark of sugary youthful indiscretion
on a sweet face resembling mine.

I cannot return to that place – try
as I might to forget the edible norms
of adulthood – so here I sit in joy
living vicariously through my filthy son.

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for V.J.’s Challenge #66 : “savour” (I Americanized it and deleted that superfluous ‘u’)
Also submitted dVerse OpenLinkNight #252. Grace is today’s host.

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now!

27 thoughts on “Chocolate caked face

  1. lol … so precious; I’m sure if he’s anything like my son, he’s wiping his nasty-mess fingers all over your pants, hands, and cheeks 😛

    We were just pining today about how much we miss the “little” days, especially now that we’re growing up our last. Baby’s in kindergarten.

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  2. As a grandfather, with the distinct pleasure and good fortune to live adjacent to my, only one story removed — I really related and thoroughly enjoyed this Phillip.


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