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On Being Around


ON BEING AROUND
by Scott Lew
12/21/11

They like boobies
 and birthday cake
 tub time
 and Humpty Dumpty
Two years old
 and they’re already fans
 of Simon & Garfunkel
 Justin Beiber
 and cheesy Japanese TV monsters
They amaze me
 with words like
 scary
 helicopter
 booyah
 and elephant
They’re interested
 in poop
 and privacy
 and always want to know
 what happened
 who’s there
 and why
They giggle
 from their toes
 like there’s no tomorrow
And cry
 from their hearts
 for more pizza

It’s impossible
 to describe the joy
 they give me
By just saying
Daddy
Using me
 like a couch
 or jungle gym
Hearing their feet
pound the floor running
Or their voices
 call each other’s names
Rocky
Roman
It’s reason enough
 for being

One night
 they found a stethoscope
 listened to my heart
Beating
Laughed
 like little mad doctors
It was proof
 I was there

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