01 September 2008

It Was Your First Outing (rev)

It was your first outing
or more rightly our first
outing with you. We were
as proud as new parents
could be wheeling our son
in the crowded Sunday
shopping throng
glancing down again and again 

to reassure ourselves
and you that we were
indeed a family gazing in
awe at your small face and
trusting eyes head encased
in lacy cap unselfishly sharing
this consuming intimacy with

When you could participate
in the sights and sounds
around you and sat erect
commanding all that passed
you ate your first ice-cream
unaided. Your face was painted
in rich chocolate smears
and your beautiful eyes
devoured our hearts
© 1976, I.D. Carswell