TO DHANYA ISABEL, NOW 6

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Nana at first, next Danya Bell
from playpen peek-a-boo
to frocked flower-gal
tall now in ballet tutu

posies off, she’s bubble-blowing
frolicking
first stroller, then scooter
toddler to Stagecoacher

wheels-on-a-bus for a time
and twinkling stars
now singing in the rain
around biscuit jars

Like first kiss, first
grandchild etched just
erupting in gurgles, then giggles
at sight of mama from afar

giving out cuddles
with grubby handles
bottie burps and stinky toesies
taking delight in made-up stories

© Millicent Danker
30 March 2013

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