All You Need Is Love

More coveted than gold 
from lead is her belly laugh

while chased 
around the kitchen floor

More magical than wine from milk
is the wise mischief in her smile

when held, 
before bed with a fragile stillness

The master alchemists of China
would do no better.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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