For Claire, on her Wedding Day


The firstborn
Leapt into the world like a unicorn
With twice the myths surrounding her.
She laughed some, cried some, smiled some, screamed some,
And laughed some more,
Laughter contagious like chicken pox
And we all caught it,
A dotted itchy mess.
Fought to hold it in
With not a chance to win
When
She introduced us to her friend Matilda
Her violin
Or
Told us about little so & so
Who ran snot-first toward her shouting,
“I FOUND SOMEONE I KNOW!”
Or
How she valiantly defended her treetop throne,
Held her own
Against assailants young and old
From her perch at the McDonald’s playplace.

You
Do not know Claire
If you have not walked with her for miles,
An appropriate mix of talking
And taking in the world around,
A pleasant sound of ponder wandering.
You
Do not know Claire
If you haven’t sat eyes closed ears open
Listening to her sing
Winged words of truth and beauty.
You
Do not know Claire
If you haven’t seen her five minutes before she has to leave:
“THIS DRESS LOOKS AWFUL AND WHERE ARE MY KEYS!?”
And then glides pretty as a bluejay out the door.
You
Do not know Claire
If you haven’t engaged in the rousing drama
That is llama tag.
I
Do not know Claire
As well as some
As well as one
For He knows how we are formed
He remembers that we are dust
But
The first man was of the dust of the earth
The second man from heaven, Jesus Christ
The water of life
Turns the dust to mud
To open the eyes of the blind
That we may see
And know that He is God.

And on that grand canvas
Amidst all the other spots
Today He connects two dots.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hannah Gosselin
    Jun 25, 2015 @ 23:50:54

    “You
    Do not know Claire
    If you haven’t sat eyes closed ears open
    Listening to her sing
    Winged words of truth and beauty.”

    This portion was especially striking for me…I feel that that’s the true way into really seeing and hearing on many occasion. Great writing. 🙂

    Reply

  2. Chelsea Leming Joseph Bernice Halligan
    Oct 22, 2015 @ 14:20:25

    sweet….

    Reply

  3. viewingcamelot
    Nov 11, 2015 @ 10:21:21

    This is epic. 🙂

    Reply

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