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For Olivia, on Your Fourth Birthday

Posted on: 5/16/2008

I watch you grow. Your changes come so fast
It seems I can’t keep up with them, and now
You are a sister too, which is again
Presenting whole new worlds to you, and you
Are growing, altering because of it.
When I reach down to tuck you into bed
At night, I ask myself just who I think
You will become by the return of sun
In the morning, and I joke so much will be
Transformed I may not recognize you,
A dazzling changeling there awash in sand
From the sandman and the golden dust
From the fairy folk who brought you here—
And your little sister too—all new,
All different, but still my darling daughters.