On your ninth birthday:
tearing into a wrapped present with gusto,
happily discovering what you had hoped would be there,
and busily building a Lego monster before breakfast.
After school, the sheer joy of being freed
from your homework for one day;
the bliss of cookies and donut and cake
The cold and drizzle at your track meet
did not diminish your joy at hurtling yourself
into the long jump pit. Running hard,
pulling at your soggy pants drooping
from your waist.
Happily sharing some of your ham and cheese
sandwich with your cat.
Your widening eyes and grin when
you heard you'd be choosing your own
Droopy eyes, pulling on pajamas,
snuggling into bed. I relish your
sleepy smile, and seal my goodnight kiss
with all the happiness that I wish for you.