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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Samuel's Scent
something about a baby
makes you want to inhale
forever
Heaven's incense
resisting censer's captivity
a smell not reproducable
minted once per lifetime
a scent captivating all sense
the sunrise you never want to end
dissipating upward into the world of clouds
dissolving downward into diaper fumes
unforgettable and yet
unrememberable
until smelled again.

I wrote this one last week in the midst of cousin camp while sitting on the front porch one evening. Fitting to release it tonight on the occasion of Samuel's coming home from the hospital. He's doing better.

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posted by John David Walt | at 8/08/2006 10:21:00 PM

 

4 Comments:

Blogger eli said...

Hey, JD. Thanks for the feedback on the email I sent you. I've been out of pocket for a few days, but wanted you to know we Sammy is on our minds.

12:00 AM EDT  
Blogger + Alan said...

Glad the little boy is doing well. Good to see he's home now. Nothing like something being wrong with one of your kids - Lord have mercy. Continued Healing be with him, and you all.

4:33 PM EDT  
Blogger gmw said...

nice, JD. brings to mind the U2 lyric from Miracle Drug on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb that goes, "freedom has a scent like the top of a newborn baby's head"

1:17 AM EDT  
Anonymous Julie R. said...

jd...i haven't been able to check your blog for a while. sorry to hear samuel's been sick. so glad to hear that he's feeling better! praying for you all and miss you so much!

blessings and prayers,
jules

6:23 PM EDT  

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