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30
Oct
09

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She’s curled up

In her bed

Clutching a stuffed animal-

Rainbow Bear,

As he has been known

Since she was born-

And twitching

In her sleep.

By now,

The blanket is

Surely twisted

In knots

Around her

Feet,

And she might  already be

Grinding her teeth

Loud enough

To be heard

In the hallway.

(How

She still has a tooth  in her head

I do not know.)

In another hour

Or so,

There will be

Sweaty little curls

Of golden hair

Stuck to her forehead

As she grunts

And snores in her sleep.

This child,

This perfect child,

Is mine

By the grace of some

Divine luck.

And I am

Her father,

So proud,

So afraid,

So clueless

And so filled with love

For something

Much greater

Than myself.

Timothy Vance Jackson

October 30, 2009

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25
Oct
09

I remember

I can remember

Standing over her crib,

Watching her rib cage

Move up and down

With each tiny breath,

Celebrating her life

With each tear

That rolled down my cheeks

And onto her

Soft infant skin.

I can remember

How her tiny fingers

Would curl around the collar of my shirt

As she bounced around,

Strapped to my back,

Murmuring a language

I didn’t yet

Understand.

I can remember

The first days

Of preschool

And how afraid

I was

That she would forget me

As she grew up

With them

And not with me.

I can remember

The first text message

She sent me

From her own phone,

Her mother’s old one,

And how each message since

Has caused

The corners of my mouth

To either curl up

With joy

After reading

“I love you daddy”

Or roll downward

With each

“I miss you daddy”.

Yet

I can not remember

Her being so small

That I held her

Head in my palm

With her feet

Barely reaching

My elbow-

That memory

Seems to have evaporated

Along with her

Tininess.

And yet,

She’s only eight

And has so many more

Memories waiting

For me.

I will remember.

Timothy Vance Jackson

October 25, 2009




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