SeptPoWriMo 29

Now by the time 
we can tell
by the little blue
screen not far
from our laps
if the not turning
around means asleep
we open our other
pocket screens
to view stages
unseen since we
took them in this one
she laughs more than
in this one where
she is half
the size she is now
we calculate
how much time
has passed between
how old we are now
how loose the skin
now rounded out
from one to the next
except this is the face
we expect upon waking
to face us
smiling all traces
of replay erased
another moment
placed us in this
space between one
sleep and the next
how awake we may
say this is the place
we expected you
to grow into this face
glowing again
just to see us
see you giggling awakes

SeptHaikuWriMo 11

I risked waking up
a sleeping child today when
the window showed me

a creature without
human accompaniment
and then another

I saw they were deer
through the steam and window shade
trudging thru the yard

and into the road
a car put its blinkers on
as they galloped down

the hill escaping
the frame of my camera
I fell back amazed

to my seat the child
remarkably stayed asleep
and slept a bit more

SeptHaikuWriMo 4

Already I feel
the weight of days passing by
without a second

thoughts I might have had
were it not for radiant
change within our cells

how does the body
keep happening in this way?
how does the descent

let us forget not
without incident only
this face staring back

I would not be here
without this tense this presence
the future better

having you with us in it

AugPoWriMo 24

Time to record 
one of those dreams again
this time the three month old
started speaking not only
in perfect sentences
but with advanced vocabulary
far beyond my ken
to recreate at this late date
and when the baby spoke
it was obvious in
an extraordinary way
the participants in the dream
just kept on dreaming
meanwhile later this morning
I spoke the words I love you
to the three month old
with such conviction
and variation of voice
so as to encourage development
of brain function
far beyond my ken
the baby recreated the syllables
as if knowing precisely
the intended meaning
and how far beyond it reaches
such that there is no question
when asked we should speak
knowing far beyond our ken
the words within our reach

AugPoWriMo 18

That feeling when you realize
the music that formed you
in your formative years was
nearly some forty years ago now
thanks to hours of some songs
played on a radio not in your town
but in your former hometown
which formed you and you haven’t found
a fitting replacement you make sure
your phone is still streaming said
music as you walk in the door and dance
with your almost four month old
hold me now in your eyes hands and feet
the light the heat I am complete

AugPoWriMo 14

If nothing else
so far
at least our child

is comfortable
whatever comes to mind

while staring
in wonder
at the trees going by

AugPoWriMo 10

To think that these pictures
capture the same creature
sleeping in the other room

at a recent previously
appointed point in time
aging apparently at the same rate

as these tired maybe middle aged
faces growing younger all the time
a match for that slight inflection

the world not quite as it was
when you arrived even better
now we know how much improved

it will be having you in it
evidence our souls met your spirit

AugPoWriMo 3

In these waning days 
when I might claim the age of
forty two let me

say without a doubt
there is something to be said
for a number to impart

the answer to life
the universe and everything
a collection of cells

congregating in
the semblance of a response
smiling tongues ululate

knowing ‘I love you’
is what we were meant to say
recognizing faces

as who we once were
who we may one day hope to be

JulyPoWriMo 21

Find someone who looks
at you the way my baby
takes a look at her

super high contrast board book

JulyPoWriMo 16

How much easier
to remember
your preverbal

how else recognize
that cooing from
sights and sounds
familiar unknown

best respond with
your own
who knows how
to react instinct

if not built in then
part of the line