Warm and tan and sweet

but you don’t like sticky, heh.

I buy gummi bears and forget to bring them
over and over for months
forget to bring them to the beach.
When you teach me
how to find chalcedony nodules
clear agates that let the light through,
you say, “They look like gummi bears,”
and you are right.

In the early morning when the tide is low
and the sun is low too
angled and polarized light
the nodules, agates we call them
light up like stars, catching the sun.
Sometimes I see one just after you
and you are diving down to get it
and I am too late again

You find three to my one
The gummi bears are a bit hard
when I finally bring them along
I choose a red one, the small kind
tuck it between two fingers
when you aren’t looking
I’ve gotten my fingers a little wet first
so it will light up
the same way as the agates
I wait until we’re a yard apart
and you aren’t looking at me.
I jump forward and reach for the sand
“Look at this one! So red!”
You move towards me and I flash it.
“Almost bear shaped!” I say
and drop it in your hand.
Your face changes from envious
of the clear red to mildly horrified:
“Sticky!” you say, and shake it off your hand.
I laugh and pop a yellow gummi bear in my mouth
and you are laughing too
and shake your head.
“I don’t want one!”
“Got you!” I say.
“Yes,” you say, “You did.”


For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: caramel.

9 thoughts on “Caramel

  1. I agree with Judy. Your story is really lovely., Katherine. A gem.

  2. lifelessons says:

    Okay, gotta repeat that I absolutely love your poem. It is so tender and original..That wasn’t all I said, but memory fails me…

  3. lifelessons says:

    Ah yes..I see that you moderate, but didn’t see that message before.

  4. lifelessons says:

    I wrote a rather long comment but it seems to have vanished. Doing another to test to see if you are just screening.

    • drkottaway says:

      Sorry, I was away on a phone call! Many thanks! I was trying to capture a silly happy moment and you make me feel like I did!

  5. lifelessons says:

    This is absolutely delightful. I literally have goose bumps. Tried to take a picture to prove it but they went away, disgusted with all the fumbling around. At any rate, can’t prove it but I loved your tender tale.

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