first day

little t.s.' secret
by matt porubsky

you're sitting in a rocker
of bent wire and
stretched cloth,
rhythmed by the
new father's toe.
he leans forward and
funnies his face
and we, all three boys,
your belly breathes
under your vermouth
colored clothes,
buttoned up the leg.
your mama got home from
work a few hours ago,
and brings in tomorrow's
shirt to be pressed.
she giggles spanish
sounds at you while the
iron bubbles and hisses.
she sighs
a sweet columbian sigh
in unison with the
iron's steamy one.
you have the new father's
hair and brow,
your mama's penny nose
and pretty feet,
and share both of their
warm chocolate eyes.
mama says you should be
crawling soon,
but i know your secret.
i know before you can crawl,
you can fly.
when we go fix our plates
for dinner, you float
out of your rocker
and bounce on the
air around the room,
in cobwebbed corners
and dusty doorways.
you laugh, in the air, with your
mama's little lips
and rolling tongue,
and watch with
the new father's
observant eyes and
biting brain.
i always hear from
the kitchen, that's
why i know your secret.
i hear it when you laugh.

it's time to show the world just how high you can fly. we love you eliot.


Blogger shari said...

he looks ready to go! hope he has a good day.

9:02 AM  
Blogger molly said...

I'll never be able to handle this.
(he looks so cute and ready...)

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

Mmmm. That is so good.

Best of luck, Eliot! Have a great first day.

9:52 AM  
Blogger the4carrells said...

Happy first day. Any tips for Nora's first (Wednesday, sniff sniff)?

9:54 AM  
Anonymous erin said...

what a wonderful poem.

hope the first day was a great day!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

so cute. and what a lovely poem. hope you all had a good day.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

the world will never be the same.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Stefani said...

Oh! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful poem and this BIG moment. Congrats to you and to Elliot and the new beginnings!

1:09 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

love that poem, hannah. amazing. eliot looks very cute. i like his backpack. hope he likes school and that he has an amazing teacher who inspires him.

1:12 PM  
Blogger amy h said...

Happy first day, Eliot!

3:06 PM  
Blogger hannah said...

thanks everyone! eliot had a good day. his favorite parts were hanging up his backpack in his locker and lunch. sweet.

our friend matt wrote that poem for eliot when he was a baby. it hangs in his room and i love it.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous toby said...

Keep him in a steady supply of eagle meat.

6:30 AM  
Blogger jenny said...

yay, elliot! i know he can conquer school!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Sonnja said...

What a lovely photo!
Kind regards,


10:03 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

to the moon and stars i am sure!


x t

11:02 AM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

this makes my stomach all knotty. in a good way-- but man, i'm glad i have a couple more years.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous jenny said...

and that picture of him, tiny, backpack...facing out to go into the world...is just about the most fitting image for this milestone, :D

5:02 AM  

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