At the Library Book Sale

Carried the child around 
the library book sale

while she craned her neck
to view the light fixtures

overhead fixated as it were
on the origin of illumination

while the spines which she
turns so delicately in her hands

after story time ends a result
of fatigue heavying eyelids

below strained into a blur
of books we might never get

around to reading how to
explain what captures

the radiance of her eyes
but this fluorescence

somewhat distorting
our limited perception

not all words enter our vision
but if we let the light in

we might know what life
brings us here to witness

the stuff all words we see
hear our made of