Monday, August 09, 2010

A Story for Badger

by Justine C. Tajonera

Before your sister was born
you loved to read four books:
one was about fuzzy yellow ducklings,
another one was about apples
up on a dog, a tiger and a lion,
another one was about a kitten
named Kate
and one was about a very busy

And this, this letter I am
writing you,
it will be a story too,
one I'll tell you when
you're older.

Life, you will discover
is a string of stories
that we tell each other,
holding us back
or taking us further.

And while I want to hold
back the steady stream
that makes us both older
only so I can watch you longer

I stitch my thoughts
into this story,
one of the many in
our tapestry,
so that it can fold
around us at bedtime,
wherever we are,
giving us good dreams
night after

(August 6, 2010)

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