sweetly scented milk-cream cleanses my skin

as i rub it in circles over cheeks, forehead, chin;

i rinse it and find myself anew, fresh from the water.

from there i mix my potions: one to replenish the

moisture cleansed away, one to smooth the redness

around my nose and beneath my eyes, one to

lock in the dewdrops to keep them in,

keep the world out.

the sun is blazing beautifully today, and i cannot

bring myself to stay indoors; i apply my spf

and run barefoot through the grass.

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