I can’t believe I never blogged this piece! I composed this when my 19 year old daughter was five or six. She was skating in the driveway, anxious for dear old “Pop” to admire her skatesmanship . . .

Boo Bear on Skates
December 1994
A barette-bound,
bow-surmouted,
honey-blonde
ponytail
dances
gleaming lights in Papa’s eyes.
Singing, spinning rollers
scruff and scrape
to
Teddy Bear arms
best
for hugging necks and puppy dogs
waving
in tiny animated circles
“Watch, Papa!”Papa watches
girl swirl
about face
with
wispy golden bangs
framing
dark arresting eyes–
dazzling oxymorons
amid finest fairest features of
cuddly cuteness.

(Come away, O human child
To the waters and the wild
With a faery by the hand.
There is more weeping in this world than you will ever understand.)
–William Butler Yeats

 

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