There was a child…

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There was a child

went forth every day.

And the first object he looked upon,

that object he became,

and that object became a part of him for the day,

or a certain part of the day,

or for many years, or

stretching cycles of years.

The early lilacs became a part of this child,

and the grass 

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and white and red morning glories,

and white and red clover,

and the song of the phoebe-bird,

and the third month lambs,

and the sows pink-faint litter,

and the mare’s foul,

and the cow’s calf…

–Walt Whitman

It makes you think…

what

will become a part of your child

today

that will last only today…

or years

or stretch to cycles of years?

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