For Connie and Leon

little muck man
little deep sea diver
tethered to your mother
breather of oxygen
only through blood
 we’re waiting to see you
waiting to see you see us
for the first time
waiting to see whose template  
you were traced from                           
little tyrant of our hearts
little smile beguiler
we’ve been waiting so long
please be well

this time.

—Paula Schulz, Slinger, WI