To this newborn child

This delicate precious newborn child,

complete and so dependent,

still waking slowly to the world

and nurtured in love, milk and expectation,

is the miracle of coming together

of two to one, unfolding from life to life.


I only know a little of you now

and in the times to follow,

as you grow and expand and reach

out to life and to the world

I will know you more and more

but never completely.


For in you lies your own mystery and way,

and I will learn of it but never fully understand,

and though you are dependent now,

for food, touch and a clean bum,

you will wander this earth as your own

and we all will stand and admire as you go.


For my first grandchild