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Noticing the Crocus

72. Noticing the Crocus

My grandson Zachariah is now 23 years old, but when he was almost two I did a great deal of day care for him in my home in Nyack, NY. During the day we usually went for a walk, and over and over again, I learned something from him. On this day I learned about noticing. I put it into this poem in pantoum form:

Twenty Months Old

Twenty months old, pausing in his walk

To see for the very first time

One small brave crocus announcing spring

Dressed in purple and white against the ground.

To see for the very first time

This flower as small as he was

Dressed in purple and white against the ground,

He caught his breath and pointed with delight.

This flower as small as he was,

Something new–not there on yesterday’s walk,

He caught his breath and pointed with delight

Babbling syllables with meaning just for him.

Something new–not there on yesterday’s walk,

He gave it notice, and hurried on

Babbling syllables with meaning just for him

Excited at this new discovery.

He gave it notice, and hurried on

Then suddenly he stopped, looked back and waved

Excited at this new discovery,

Saying goodbye to something special.

Then suddenly he stopped, looked back and waved,

Twenty months old, pausing in his walk,

Saying goodbye to something special,

One small brave crocus announcing spring.

© Copyright Ann Freeman Price, 1991

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