Layla

You pick the biggest spoon to scoop your ice cream.
Three tiny bites and you’re done.
You play with your favorite doll for a two year old minute
then move on to the microphone, sing and bow.

I watch you try and get into my jewelry box
on the high shelf (It’s new spot).
It takes three tries before defeat is realized.
Even then there is a murmur under breath about
coming back and trying again.

On my lap, I hardly feel the weight of small bones
but the loud laugh fills the room
and me.

In Persian Poetry, Majnun was crazy for Layla.
There are times the earth spins faster, the ground
can’t keep up with your feet. But I understand the words
“I am yours.”

6 comments

  1. Beautiful poetry from line one to the ending line. This has the rush of a wave and the hush of treasures. Beautiful poetry, yes, ma’am.

    Jan

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  2. Hi Kerri

    You write so beautifully of your lovely grandchildren and always leave the reader feeling in awe and uplifted by what you share. Not only the experience but the insight you bring to the wonder of childhood and the relationship between child and adult. This poem is so wonderfully voiced. I love how you relate the actions of Layla, her determination and curiosity along with the love between both you. That ending is superb and sums up this lovely poem perfectly!!

    There are times the earth spins faster, the ground
    can’t keep up with your feet. But I understand the words
    “I am yours

    I really enjoyed this one!
    thank you for sharing,
    Wendy

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  3. Kerri,

    Every word contributes to the beautiful picture of unconditional love.

    I chose the ‘burst of energy’ image for your poem because that’s
    what I felt when I read this. Every poem I have ever read of yours
    is a masterpiece in my eyes. This one fits right up there on the topmost
    shelf.

    Thank you for being here and for sharing these pieces of your heart and soul.

    sarah

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