Sunday, December 16, 2012

Not at Loss for Words



THIS SADNESS
is pink and orange and yellow THIS SADNESS is dressed up with bows and ribbons THIS SADNESS is satiny and smooth skinned and curly haired THIS SADNESS is dancing and jumping rope and being licked in the face by grown-up dogs THIS SADNESS is bare legs and little sneakers THIS SADNESS is knit sweaters and wet sheets and Mickey Mouse comforter covers THIS SADNESS is rosy cheeks and scarves and mittens and learning how to read THIS SADNESS is stringing beads and cutting lampoons out of colored paper and trimming the tree THIS SADNESS is carrots in a clog and sugar candy in return THIS SADNESS is Sinterklaas and awkward poems and surprise packages of gifts hidden in detergent cartons THIS SADNESS is lighting tiny Hanukkah candles in little girl's favorite colors THIS SADNESS is sticky and sweet and dark brown of chocolate covered cheeks and wet smelly kisses that leave their mark THIS SADNESS is warm and snugly with candy cane stockings and leather soled socks THIS SADNESS is high pitched screams and whispered secrets in my ear THIS SADNESS is rubbing noses and telling stories seated on the dining room floor THIS SADNESS is watching the squirrels and being ticklish and loving to sing THIS SADNESS is riding horsy on daddy's shoulders and drumming his hat with both hands THIS SADNESS is talking to strangers and thanking the bus-driver and skipping rope THIS SADNESS is saying no to sprouts and yes to potatoes and possibly olives THIS SADNESS is making no a powerful tool THIS SADNESS is cookie cutters and flour on the floor and spaghetti on the wall THIS SADNESS is too much laundry and sleepless nights THIS SADNESS is blowing out candles THIS SADNESS is one more year added THIS SADNESS is never ending





Judith van Praag
December 1996




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