Confetti cannons pop
during the party
adults showing children how to use them,
children who have never seen them before,
never seen bubbles in a bottle
blown by a plastic wand

They check their goodie bags
pulling out thin tubes of fluorescent green liquid.
What is that?
“It glows in the dark,” I say.

In the pool, swimming like fish,
blasting each other with pumping water guns,
laughter and huge smiles,
this is where they can be children
far away from where they were harmed

the day after,
I rake up confetti on the grass
then pick up individual shiny pieces with my fingers,
not wanting to find them all,
hoping some will remain
to remind me
of a perfect day


You can learn more about these beautiful Tanzanian children here.