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Baby So Alive

by Chris Sorrenti

Baby splash water
In a white metal tub
Cover him in blankets
Give her lots of love
And when tomorrow comes
See their faces
How they have changed
Never to look the same again

Baby taught to walk
One step at a time
Every six months
In a new pair of shoes
Through tumbles
He learns to negotiate
In spills she shapes her view
And by the time they’re too old
To walk another mile
Many roads they will have traveled
In more ways than one

Baby learns to fly
On that final day
And we can only speculate
As to where he and she
Have migrated
Physically you may be sixty
Mentally only five
But spiritually you are ageless
Baby so alive

© 1984

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Posted on 10/02/2008
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Bruce W Niedt on 10/02/08 at 06:27 PM

Another "classic" from the Sorrenti archives - I love the metrical rhythm in this, the loose rhyme, and the whimsical look at our mortal experience - excellent.... d:-)

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 10/02/08 at 06:33 PM

Really musical Chris! Feels to me, written as if one where speaking or singing it to the baby. This a treasure. Fav+. Thank you!

Posted by Melissa Panther on 10/02/08 at 07:09 PM

The musicality in this is unmistakable...lovely every line.

Posted by Katerina T Nix on 10/03/08 at 12:17 AM

A real spiritual lesson here, Chris - and from the year of my own birth no less. Wonderful read and thanks for sharing this one :) -Kat

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/03/08 at 03:38 PM

Love this! Delightful nursery rhyme flavor with and adult attitude!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 10/03/08 at 06:20 PM

Well done Chris as always...CharMin

Posted by Sarah Wolf on 10/06/08 at 02:36 PM

"Spiritually you are ageless"... I love that, how true! :)

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/09/08 at 11:27 PM

I had not seen this earlier. What a pleasure to read, and I really like the conclusion.

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 10/10/08 at 03:23 PM

great rhythm, chris.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 10/16/08 at 04:28 PM

Chris, the title is much more pregnant than I imagined as I began to read. I can't tell you the number of daddy images this evoked. Then you pull us beyond the living room all the way through the life cycle. Clever and profound.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/10/09 at 01:38 PM

I love this! It goes through all of a baby's life stages....until they eventually "fly aaway" and make a life of their own. Loved the images. It made me think of my own children. Great read and incredible write!

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