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First Birthday

by Jay Melder, 2010 spring
 

                    -for Owen & Anderson

Then will come the day when you discover
you will never pitch for the Yankees.
This will be a difficult day. You might
go on thinking you will, one game—
throw out the first pitch—because this happens
for some people. A day comes for that too.
You will mourn your parent’s age, and wish
your father was still the kick in the ass
your mother always said he used to be.
you waited a whole year to taste sugar.
The white icing of your smash cake:
a discovery as big as the New World.

 

Jay Melder

Jay Melder