Tagged: child

art is life is art –

art is life is art –
mom’s gladiolus in the
dining room, drying

and curling, subjected to a
child’s science experiment
.
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the first step towards

on the first day of

on the first day of
spring, an earthworm, dancing in
our planter, squirming

for us to till the soil, like
an impatient child, hungry
.
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in the middle of

in the middle of
the night, we
deal with sudden
pain the only way we know
how – Vivienne, screaming
at the top of your
fifteenth-month-old
lungs for ten minutes
at a quarter to two
makes as much
sense as any
while the rest of us lie
achingly still
in the dark, perhaps
hoping to be picked up
.
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sunday walks across

sunday walks across
the ceiling in sequined
shoes, size two, with
the regular irregularity
of a juvenile dog’s pitter-
patter trailing from
not far behind her
.
i am barely awake,
listening for a
toddler-sized tumble
.
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it’s 4:10 a.m.,

it’s 4:10 a.m.,
and vivienne doesn’t like
the end of daylight
savings and everything her
tiny body knows about
the way we force time
to flex arbitrarily.
her lungs are still puncturing
the darkness of 5:10 a.m.
as we practice wading
backwards through the
minutes until someone
can pick her up
from her cradle,
rock the additional
hour soothingly
into a new slumber
.
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vivienne, this is

vivienne, this is
just the beginning to a
lifetime of waking,

sometimes from a pain that wants
to be set free, sometimes not
.
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the day before my

the day before my
birthday, i am
away from the
city and
home, once
again, a daughter,
a child, a gardener,
an herbalist, a sister,
a granddaughter,
all of whom are
vessels transporting
memories to the
plant, dispersing
the years
.
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our years are

our years are
stacked, one
on top of
the other –
it takes
play to
permit them
to tumble
.
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there is a fatherly

there is a fatherly
glow
that comes
with keeping
up with
the joneses. don’t
knock it until you
try it – the latest
is out back
.
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