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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: the fireplace vase
By Jim McWhinnie
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a little boy reaches,
reaches higher and higher,
to the shelf above the fireplace fire,
fingertips barely touching
the pretty, pretty vase,
painted with the pretty lady's face.
"Almost got it! Almost do!"
"Oh no, oh no!"
then in a teetering, tottering moment
it slips away from his wanting touch,
to begin its slow and fatal last descent,
to a broken end that was not meant.
a little boy filled with oops and fears,
midst the crashing, smashing, shards of tears,
"What has he done?"
"What will she say?"
surely she is on his way.
the wait, the wait, it seems so long,
when standing, waiting in the wrong.
hurried footsteps come his way,
upon the wooden, farmhouse floor,
then a soul rushes through the door,
a worried, anxious, aging face,
laced with gentle, patient, healing grace,
to sweep away the tears and fears,
and all the pieces on the ground,
to learn the joy of being found.
And this is so vividly true for I am that little boy.
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