On May 20, 1992, nineteen years ago when my daughter was a mere 3 years old, I composed this ditty as an exercise writing with my English III class at Lafayette High to imitate poetic style and structure. This piece imitates the structure and theme of a poem by the same title penned by Richard LeGallienne. I post it here in recognition of that same little girl’s graduation from college on May 20, 2011, 19 years later to the day. Cute coincidence? Or cute subject for a poem, in more ways than one?
I meant to do my work today—
Bricks to stack and a shovel to wield.
But a teddy-bear girl dressed to play
Invited me out to the sunny field.
She brandished a bat and a plastic ball.
A blond ponytail danced on her shoulders.
She’s her Papa’s baby-bear doll—
How could I ever refuse her?