pink as a baby's giggles,
Take me back in time
To church meetings in Kansas
where nothing much bloomed in mid-summers
but zinnias and sunflowers and petunias.
I see the worn wood floors,
my child-sized necktie
royal blue satin with a cartoon character
strung with an elastic band that's hidden by my collar,
The ladies' sun dresses
and an old farmer's neck in front of me,
sun-dried brown leather furrows.
Amazing, the power of a vase of zinnias.
So remember your Creator in the days of your youth
--Ecclesiastes 12:1, HCSB
©2009 James L. Swindle.
I took the photo in Old Town Spring, Texas, in a shop called The Shabby Rose. I've come to know and to respect Hazel, the proprietor. The Lord's love shines through her.