I promised myself a reward when Leaf finally made it into form.
I wasn’t sure what that reward might be, but I figured I’d know it when I saw it.
Well, I saw it a couple of times
and both of those times I hesitated
always because of the money
so the 3 heart-stirringly simple red posies were gone by the time I figured out that yes, indeed, I was worth it
so was the moody raven in a mackinaw and cowboy boots that tickled my melancholy bone
and then, one day, I spied a painting perched on a ledge in Elsie’s studio
That day, I did not hesitate.
Elsie calls it 1,2,3 Sing!
I call it a perfect reward for a job well done
and a perfect reflection of my turtle dream