I crept inside my house to rewind the hands of the clock,
Then leapt to my front yard to fall back into the brown leaves with my daughter
One more time.
As I leaned my head back into the crunchy heap,
I saw her bangs hanging over my face, smiling, and I thought
Of all the gorgeous minutes I would get to see again.
In that extra hour, my girls become airplanes in my hands.
They giggle like a sheet of snowflakes.
Their bellies are made of chocolate chip cookies.
We all sit around the table like we were cut out of some magazine,
Music in the background as soft as the stuffed bear
Who occupies his own seat at dinner.
Then my children play the trumpet on two paper towel rolls,
Heralding the news that they are dinosaurs,
Searching the rainforest of the kitchen for a snack.
I guess I could have just waited to turn back the hour
Tomorrow morning before I leave for work
In the still light of a different dawn.
But who could resist such an encore? The chance to relive
My daughters wearing ice cream like ball gowns,
Pirouetting on bare feet, pink as the piggies we count at night?
So I close my eyes, covered in this rich mound of old leaves, and
Listen as closely as I ever have to the ticking sounds of time, grateful for
The sunlight of a second five o’clock.