Birthday Poems

For Violet, on Your 10th Birthday

Double digits! (Only 90 years till triple.)
So much change! This weekend alone even
Had swimming parties and sleep-overs.
What will we do in a year?
Who will you be in a year?
Who will you be in 10?

Thoughts dazzle round in my head.
Life can seem like a fugue by Bach,
The notes repeating but ascending
Building on each other in a spiral.

At times, you know, Johann thought his life
A waste; he could not see all the lives he touched
(A story we tell for Van Gogh and many others).
Let you always understand how much you matter
To me, and to all your family, my fascinating Violet.

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