Richard Warren

20thc British art and poetry (mainly), plus bits of my own – "Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

to Kieran Warren Hay, on the day of his birth, 7 May 2011

Clutch at the air, you tiny exile.
You show more dexterity than need.
Your extras make you special. Grab the life you’ve come to get to know,
but don’t be slow; God give you speed.

In relation to your mum and dad, you’re in between.
You have your mother’s features, father’s face.
From worlds apart you take the best of both, so by all means be average,
but don’t be mean; God give you grace.

Sudden angel, space invader, proper person, embryonic little man,
you’re fresh from the future, hand-me-down from heavens above.
Though things feel soft, life may look rough, and you’ll need all the luck you can,
but don’t be glum; we give you love.

copyright 2011 Richard Warren


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