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Monday, June 13, 2011

The Baby

(Head of a Child by Paul Klee, 1879-1940,
Swiss painter)

Our affection for our young springs from the mystery of our creation.


Where did you come from, baby dear?
Out of the everywhere into the here.

Where did you get your eyes so blue?
Out of the sky as I came through.

What makes the light in them sparkle and spin?
Some of the starry spikes left in.

Where did you get that little tear?
I found it waiting when I got here.

What makes your forehead so smooth and high?
A soft hand stroked it as I went by.

What makes your cheek like a warm white rose?
Something better than any one knows.

Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss?
Three angels gave me at once a kiss.

Where did you get that pearly ear?
God spoke, and it came out to hear.

Where did you get those arms and hands?
Love made itself into hooks and bands.

Feet, whence did you come, you darling things?
From the same box as the cherubs’ wings.

How did they all just come to be you?
God thought about me, and so I grew.

But how did you come to us, you dear?
God thought about you, and so I am here.

~ George MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish poet

1 comment:

GretchenJoanna said...

This poem does remind me of my babies! A friend hand-lettered a lovely card with the poem at the birth of one child, and that was my first reading of it.