Vincent O'Connor

Rural Joy

Vincent O'Connor
Rural Joy

children in halos of
dirt, sweat, and sun
laugh as rivulets of
viscous peach juice flow
down their chins
and dragonflies flit by
on diaphanous wings

close by dogs raise dust on
parched gravel roads
as they trot past tasty
color gardens
grinning green and ripe

©2021 by Vincent O’Connor. All rights reserved.
First published in the November 2021 issue of Winamop.
Photo by James Wheeler