poetry

Children As Gifts

Chalk mark clouds

Against a cerulean

Pavement

The world goes on

And to see it as it is

Not solely as we wish it

But we grab our piece of it

Regardless

If I’ve let you down

Then I’ve a lifetime

To make amends

I’ll watch you graduate

Daughter of a man

Who is a little bit in awe

And a lot in love with you

Some part of you

Remains,

Asleep and newborn on my chest

But you

Your brother,

The first things I ever saw

And decided I would kill

Die

For

To put myself away

As an investment

In a better world I may not see

But you’re my gift to it

And even as time reveals

I know as much as anyone else

About the world

(Sometimes less)

I have always been

Defined by the pair of you

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