Morning Ritual
by Brad P. Olson

For Grace, age 6 months

I want to wake her,
see her smile,
hear her delighted
But since I’m leaving
for work,
it’s her mother,
still asleep,
who’d be left
to deal with
the consequences.
So I refrain,
contenting myself
to touch her hand
and caress
her little fingers.

Brad Olson received a BA in English from Brigham Young University, and is an avid BYU football fan. He currently posts much of his work on his website, BradOlsonWriting.com, and his short story Good Fences was published in the Jan. 2011 issue of Pif Magazine.

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