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On the birth of my second daughter

Clara, 16th August 2012



Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse21 Aug 2013

I don't want this day,

Her first day,

To ever end.



She practices facial expressions,

Trying them out,

Not sure what they're for.



Her eyes open

And fight for focus,

Beginning the long



And perhaps futile

Attempt to make

Sense of the world.



Tomorrow she can be dressed

In her mortality,

And in mine;



Tomorrow she can start

The long process

Of imperfecting herself.


But this day,

Her first day,

Stands outside time.