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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