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I saw you
then blinking against the harsh light
of the world you had barely joined.
I loved you
From the deepest part of me
welcomed you to my clumsy arms

Afraid, a little
You were so small
Such innocence is not seen often
In this world of run and smash
And I,
Such a one that does not easily
tread lightly or speak softly
Feared I would mar your being
With the dust I tracked around
From living

But still,
Like a magnet to my steel,
You drew
I could not resist
Your light touched my dreariness
your innocence cleansed me
I felt more fragile than you of a sudden

You opened those eyes
Saw me through no cloud of experience
And so, saw me truly
I felt you look into my soul
I felt you see the self I was
When I was new
Before I had to trudge, run, grasp
I felt myself expand into my shell
And will be forever grateful for your gaze.

Jewel L

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The following comments are for "Shailey"
by JewelL

Love and reciprocity
So simple and so heartfelt - your portrait of this newborn. But equally touching is the adult in the poem - I loved 'this world of run and smash' and 'the dust I tracked around from living'. Loved too the unexpected profundity of the idea that we can somehow be renewed by the unmarred gaze of our unmarred children. Beautiful... and inspiring.

( Posted by: MobiusSoul [Member] On: December 3, 2005 )

Beautiful poem. Could have fell apart but didn't because of the realness.

Especially liked the last stanza - the eyeball to eyeball communication. Like life & death having a benign stare-down.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: December 4, 2005 )

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