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For Violet, on Your Ninth Birthday

Posted on: 4/9/2017

Eight bells ring out eight times.

Then… a ninth rings nine,

Because it’s Violet’s day.

As nine dogs howl and bark,

Nine cats slink away into the dark

Here on Violet’s day.

Nine marching bands

March loudly across the land,

As nine apple blossoms

Wave in the wind above chrysanthemums

And underneath, snore nine sleeping possums

Who dream on Violet’s day.

And in our drizzly, rainbow town

I love to lean down

And give nine butterfly kisses

To the sweet little miss who is

The namesake of Violet’s day.