For James Hyuntay Stuber
Park carries Hyuntay out to the morning sun.
Deer scurry, skidding on new-flown leaves.
Our young son smiles, grasps her finger, takes
in cool November air. Cedar Pass provides
natural educational opportunities; it is hard to wait.
We want to teach the miracle of vegetables. the
fun of rabbits rolling in the yard, the mystery
of majestic herons. A natural life is a happy life.
Oh, it’s hard work: Your grandfather built the cages
over the food gardens, your grandmother held you,
kept you happy so your mom could get some sleep,
and your father changed diapers and wrote these lines,
but mostly loves you and your mom. So, if there’s ever
a time when we get off-track: if we’re watching tv,
or forgetting to paint, or making too many rules, just
remind me that nature’s way is the happy way, that hard
work is good work, that our love is forever. Thanks, Dad.
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