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Birthday Ode to A Daughter

by Ronald A Pavellas

"Child of Light" ...
Is how I have described you to others,
My dearest Ana.

But,
You are now no longer a child,
Nor are you fully grown
(As if any of us is).

How to now regard you,
My daughter of fourteen years?

With love, of course.
And gratefulness that
The Great Everything
Has graced my life with your presence.

And with awe,
In observing the inner beauty
That your physical presence reflects.

Not "fully grown ..."
Yet a full, whole person
With dignity, strong intellect
And nascent passions

I have observed from life that
All is experience and growth.

You are surely poised, now,
To experience life to the fullest,
And to grow into the great and wonderful woman
Of which you are now the budding flower.

03/09/1997

Posted on 02/01/2002
Copyright © 2019 Ronald A Pavellas

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