By Alisa Amlika Blanchard Copyright 2011

I embrace this child at my chest,
No longer a baby
But tender still, in her youth 

The rhythm of our breath
And song of our hearts
Is a concert, of its own accord 

Wondering what tomorrow brings
Days of exploring
Discovering what life can give

Her thirst for life is infectious
Inviting me to live
And seize the world all over again

We could sing a thousand songs
And play leap frog
Or linger in each other’s warmth

Knowing this moment in life is brief
I just grin contently
For now her happiness is in my arms.

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