you shall above all things be glad and young

May 17, 2012

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing…

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands.

 (and then… )

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

(and still…)

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skilfully curled)
all worlds

(and always…)

you shall above all things be glad and young
For if you’re young,whatever life you wear

it will become you;and if you are glad
whatever’s living will yourself become.

Your life becomes you, Jasper. I am blessed to be part of it. Happy 4th birthday, love.

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    Emily May 17, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    A simply beautiful tribute. Happy 4th, Jasper!

    Lauren @ Hobo Mama May 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Love. What a brilliant start to the day. Happy fourth to Jasper!

    Dana Britt May 18, 2012 at 7:49 am

    What an absolutely stunning birthday tribute–priceless!!

    Karen Wehner May 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Wow – that’s just about the most beautiful birthday gift I’ve ever seen!

    Mom to three tweenie daughters – it goes too fast…

    Erin May 21, 2012 at 1:02 am

    When my son turned 4 this past January, I invited 16 (!) children to my home – which is not big, by the way – and made a “dirt” cake with gummi worms.

    I wish I could have written a poem as beautiful as this instead.

    Eliana Tardio May 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Happy birthday Jasper! :) nothing more powerful and touching that the words written by the heart of a mother

    Jes May 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Beautiful! <3

    Jessica May 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Oh wow, beautiful post, Happy Birthday to Jasper.

    Betsy Andrews Etchart May 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Oh my goodness. This is beautiful, beautiful. Beautiful. Thank you.

    Sarah June 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I just found your site. I clicked on this particular entry. I read it thinking of my own son…his names is Jasper too. Happy Belated birthday to your sweet boy. :)

    Hannah June 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

    I have just discovered your blog, which I have been engrossed in for the past.. since whenever I put the kids to bed…
    Then I found this post.
    Your my new favourite blog.
    E. E. Cummings rocks my socks!
    But like lots of poets he needs to be read aloud… unfortunately my fiancée is not moved as I am.. (half asleep watching a fishing doco =P)

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