Saturday, July 14, 2007

happy birthday to you


small child with blue eyes and yellow curls
he is tumbling in the sunshine
among the daffodils and primroses.

she lies on the grass in a linen dress
watching the forsynthia blossoms
falling into a little pool.
a gold finch sways on a budded tree
and cocks his little head.

the child’s laughter is like a song
as he flings his ball into the air.
it hovers for a moment in acacia trees
then drifts away upon the wind.
the ball drops into thick grass
like a grapefruit dropping from a branch
and as he plunges after it
the boy is like a downy yellow chicken,
just out of the egg.

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