You, Sixteen


Here we are, already you are sixteen plus
wrapped around by gifts unwrapped with us
who hold you dearest, love you most of all
wishing only joy and goodness to befall,

she and I have given of our best
fed you, clothed you, and with you obsessed
from that first day before the April rains
softened chilly March winds, broke the chains

of unkind winter, brought you fresh and bright
to cheer the hearts of relatives in sight
and friends who came with only love in view
for this new life, this day of wondrous you

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