LAUREL LEAVES POETRY


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MS. KAY RENZ




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AFTER THEY NAMED MY GRANDDAUGHTER

 

I stood
               and thought
               about this nascent spark
               arriving, open and ready

Alexandria Jai

Such a solid first name
invoking wisdom of ages
               the famous ancient library
               in the middle of the world

Middle name like a bird
flying though the forest
               betraying
               no one in its flight
               alighting, just to look

A name stable yet fluid
ancient and of the moment
a name fitting
a name just right
for my granddaughter

so apt 
for that precious little 
               bird
who came through the 
               thighs of the one
who emerged from my
own

Alexandria Jai
You did not get to fly
               or even be a scholar, dreamer, dancer
born and dead at the same instant
the flame cold
little hands frozen
forever

Did I not love deep enough
Did I not burn bright enough
to make the flame last
               one more round?

 

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