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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

"For Anna Catherine on Thanksgiving"

by Samuel Hazo


The first girl in generations,


you came when the century clicked

We studied you

as our particular event,


our small surprise, our bonus.


Months earlier, I prayed


that you'd be born intact


and healthy, and you were.


Today I wish you beauty, grace,


intelligence—the commonplace


grandfatherly clich├ęs....


What makes us crave for those


we love such bounties of perfection?


Life, just life, is never


miracle enough no matter


how we try to church ourselves....


Squirming in my arms, you save me


from my tyranny of dreams


with nothing but your version of a kiss


and the sure, blind love of innocence.

from nines to zeroes to plus one.

Capped on a pallet, you flexed your toes

and let us count your fingernails.

First holiday in Austin with the family... Mom, Dad and Grandma. A thankful day indeed!

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