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For Violet, on Your Fifth Birthday

Posted on: 4/11/2013

Four went out like a lion, breaking your arm

In the process, leaving me hoping for a year

Of lambs. I am so proud of how you coped

With all your pain and never lost your smile

Or sense of humor, you little cherub. I have

No doubt at all you handled every aspect

In a better way than I did, girl,

And I was merely watching. Now

Our whirlwind winter’s passed and springtime sun

Has settled over Portland. Birdsong fills

Our ears, and tulips bloom in every yard.

And you have left behind your “toddler years”

For good now; all that’s gone in a blink of our eyes,

A blink that calendars can somehow say

Was five long years, but felt like nothing more

Than seconds as you’ve laughed and played with us.

The toddler’s gone and left us with someone

Who’s tiny but sophisticated, wild

But wise, rambunctious, joyful. And to that

I say: this change is great; high five, little bird.