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.

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 11 years and 3-year-old son, and at least for the next year, I’m on the right side of 40. (Both the interstate and existence, in years). I am a Tar Heel born and bred, and watch every Yankees game I can. My goal is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in the next 10 years. I’ve been to 5 so far! Obviously I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy watching and reading sci-fi. I’m slowly attempting to finish my first novel, a “humorous” sci-fi romp which may be finished one day. I am a Doctor Who obsessive and choose Star Trek over Star Wars.

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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