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Infant Joy and Infant Sorrow

July 25, 2007

Early this morning, just after midnight in fact, my sister gave birth to her first child. I’m proud of her; I knew she could do it, and it looks like she’ll make a full recovery. So, in celebration I’d like to offer a dyad of dedicatory poems from the Songs of Innocence and Experience.

“Infant Joy”

I have no name
I am but two days old.–
What shall I call thee?
I happy am
Joy is my name,–
Sweet joy befall thee!

Pretty joy!
Sweet joy but two days old,
Sweet joy I call thee;
Thou dost smile.
I sing the while
Sweet joy befall thee.

***

“Infant Sorrow”

My mother groaned! my father wept.
Into the dangerous world I leapt:
Helpless, naked, piping loud;
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

Struggling in my fathers hands:
Striving against my swadling bands:
Bound and weary I thought best
To sulk upon my mothers breast.

***

Congratulations Stephanie and Luke! Your child has entered the world well by resting in the arms of a man wearing a Red Sox shirt.Madeline

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6 Comments
  1. Heather permalink

    Yay stephanie! tell her congratulations! now you and starla are an aunt and uncle :)

  2. Steph permalink

    Thanks for the poems…very sweet.

  3. Aimee permalink

    Your sister had a baby? Wow, that must feel weird! Please tell me you and Starla are not next!

    (Sorry, I kind of forgot about this blog).

  4. Aimee: Ha! No way. Having a kid right now would be a career killer, probably about as bad a slashing the tires of one’s committee chair and then leaving a note saying it was you.

  5. Oh, I don’t know that I agree with you, Andrew…. That is, about having kids right now. I do agree that slashing my chair’s tires would have a less than salutary effect on my degree pursuit.

  6. Jemallia permalink

    Well done! congratulations! Hope its a good little baby! :)

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