Poems and Phantasms

Posts tagged ‘children’

Little Returns

Putting in moments of

parenting,  gains and losses

add up


The hours of chauffeuring

picking up and dropping off, rush

and wait, items left behind


Teaching them to help, playing

a long game, banking

against efficiency


Measuring days by

teeth lost, shoe size

and how quickly

they grow


This is it, childhood’s prime time

the real estate of life


Success, luxury, vanity, none

compare to the blessing

of kissing good night

my child, safe


For the richest memories, sweet

and surprising, the confidences told

between stories, you

had to invest

the time


Nickels and Diamonds

photo by Lurana Brown


Everything interesting, everything new

You find what glitters when I walk with you

Things that were lost are outgrown like your shoes

All that I passed by was worth it with you


Puddles and rainbows, acorns and shells

Frost on the windows, tinkling bells

With you, life is magic with treasures to find

And out of your pockets come nickels and diamonds


Sunrises, seasons, and waves on the sand

Too few are the days that I’ll hold your hand

So I’ll rock you and read you and sing you to sleep

And I won’t let that cradle fall out of the tree


Pinecones and butterflies, feathers and swings

Pebbles and ribbons and green growing things

With you, there are stories and pleasures to find

For out of your pockets come nickels and diamonds

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