Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday Slice: Chocolate cake

I must bake a cake today--

Chocolate, 
Like the eyes that declare he is mine
The tan he gets from his father
The freckles from his Irish forebears.

I must bake a cake today

With whipped frosting,
Like the curls he sometimes curses
Blames me for their presence
Yet he bows to let me kiss them in passing.

I must bake a cake today

Sweet, with extra chips
Like his heart, empathetic to a fault
A sharp contrast to his practical mind
Still struggling with life's inconsistencies.

I must bake a cake today

With nineteen candles
One for each year of growing
And learning, and teaching us
How to live and love even more.

11 comments:

  1. Very nice, Hard to believe he is already 19. Love Ya, Dad.

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    1. I know, right? It went by in a flash!

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  2. This is exquisite! I could feel your love in every line. This could be published. Happy Birthday to your son!

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! He'll probably think it's too mushy. But a mother's love is exactly that, isn't it?

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  3. Love it! Spoken straight from a Mother's heart!

    Happy Birthday to your teenboy!!

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  4. Birthday cakes can be a cliche, but not the way you handle the one in this poem. Happy celebrating!

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    1. Thank you! Cake is baked and cooling as I type. Love that young man!

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  5. I love your poem, Chris! It's so full of a mother's love.

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    1. Thank you, Alice! He's a wonderful kid to love.

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