I owe a lot to T.S. Eliot and Taylor Swift for these lines, composed on a walk today with Luci. I’m emulating another favorite, Billy Collins, master of the birthday poem. It was a poetic day, rich and splendid, worth sharing.
Let us go then, you and me,
where the autumn blazes bright for all to see,
and metallic color fades from tree to tree,
of royal golden robes,
the spiderwebs a silver filigree.
Let us roll your three wheels,
Two stuffed bears riding on the rails,
walk the paved path,
not the trails,
the path of bikes and grandmas,
moms and babes,
the path that hugs the valley like a veil.
Let us point out all the colors,
all the trees,
let us sing made-up songs into the breeze,
of being two and being out with Mom and bears,
of being thirty-three with all its joys and cares.
This feels like the perfect morn,
for donning plaid and sweaters cozy-warm,
for rolling through the fields,
naming trees and grass and birds,
for naming all the names,
now that we know the words.
And it’s true today, I don’t feel twenty-two,
And that’s fine right here,
Today, with you.
You know about me:
today I’m thirty-three.
And everything will still be right,
will still be rich and good and free,
as we walk and talk and live and be,
you and me.