On turning fifteen

a poem by Anjani George, India

Just a wink and you’re already fifteen?
Our cuddly pet, a grown up girl?
Down memory lane with our bundle of joy
Fifteen years and how it flew by

A tiny little cry, just could be heard
Fair faced and rosy lipped you came
Toes tallied, and fingers? ah! well….!
Our little girl, was here at last

Tears of love, joy and gratitude
Overwhelmed we were by what you were
Insomniac! Many a night until you were two
We sang lullabies, rocking and walking

A little doll you always were
Dressing you up was a joy
Frills, frocks, pretty bows and colorful laces
The obsession lasted till you were six

Teddies and dolls fascinated you
As with colors and origami
We watched on with wonderment
As cards, jewelry and models unfurled

Sport you‘ve scorned right from start
Sportive though, to weighty ridicule
Clear in head, no one as you
Getting your way, to be learnt from you

Crèches and day cares and foul mouthed nannies
Boring hours with us in office, you’ve seen them all
Home alone under sibling control
No complaints though and never a fuss

You stand high now, at five feet and two
One seven six pounds and fifteen years old
Our little cook, designer, shopper and tenth grader
Birthday wishes as you turn fifteen.

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