To the Child Who Asks: Daily Dose of Poetry and Art

Story of Golden Locks by Seymour Joseph Guy (1824 – 1910, English-born American)

Story of Golden Locks by Seymour Joseph Guy (1824 – 1910, English-born American)

To the Child Who Asks

by Sally Thomas

Am I your favorite? you want to know.
And I say yes: As every breath I take’s
My favorite breath. If, say, you’re eight, that makes
You my favorite eight-year-old. Ditto
Ten, nine, seven, six, five, yada, zero.
You were my favorite series of summer earthquakes,
My favorite live-weight centered on the cervix,
My favorite sight unseen that year. And so
You are my favorite child right now, because
You stand before me, asking that my heart
Declare, You first, you always. And it’s true.
It works this way. Love’s strange, elastic laws
Grant each child its undiluted part,
And that, my love, is what I offer you.

from Dappled Things

In honor of my favorite newly-minted six-year-old. Happy birthday, Sophia. You are most definitely my favorite birthday girl. My favorite dimpled smile and my favorite wide-eyed wondering lover of rhymes and words.

The picture doesn’t particularly go with the poem, but it’s a favorite of mine and, well, I just wanted it. I sort of see Sophie in the girl telling the story, she has that kind of dramatic flair.

2 Responses to To the Child Who Asks: Daily Dose of Poetry and Art

  1. Enbrethiliel March 4, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    +JMJ+

    Happy Birthday to Sophie!

    I love everything about the painting, which reminds me what it was like to be an older sister of two small boys. What cozy bedtime memories we made together!

  2. Jenny March 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    I really like this one. Each child is my favorite. My favorite baby, my favorite toddler, my favorite child. How I have so many favorites, I don’t know, but it’s true.

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