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HERE AND THERE
by Patricia A. Oplinger

Friday, June 19, 2009
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Pat's reflection on son James.

HERE AND THERE

Where is the tiny creature who

throbbed and strained his way out

of my body into daylight

 

Who, frog-like, clutched at the crib

sheets and later rolled aimlessly

across the playpen pad

 

Where is the toddler who swerved

around furniture and pedaled

determinedly down sidewalks

 

who cast his line into the lake

and built lopsided ladders to reach

tree limbs for a boy's-eye view of life below

 

Where the trumpet player with

tapping feet whoe voice changed

as he became a teenager

 

who donned a uniform to cut and dodge

and fake and shoot and pitch and hustle

and graduate

 

Where is the freshman who chose a

college and discovered daily life without parents

but with the love of a special female

 

I see them all meandering

inside a manly body sporting

a six-foot three-inch frame

 

shaking his head, smiling

explaining to me

Mom, it's alright. I can handle it

 

Wherever life carries him

a part of him will always be a

tiny creature deep inside me.

 

 

  

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Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 7/1/2010
A good poem, Patricia. I think we always think about our children when they were young. We don't seem to lose that need to care and protect. Laurel
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