For My Niece

As I sit down to write this verse, your life is very new

You’re very small, and yet we all can think of only you.

We’re thinking of the future, and the fun that you will bring

Of little shoes and giant zoos, and songs that we will sing


We think of stories we can tell, and treasures you can find

From pirates bold and tales untold of travelers through time

To find the wonder in the world is what we want for you

So that fantastic flights through sleepless nights will teach you something true


That when you’re as old as we are now, and the world seems very gray

When mermaid tides and princess brides seem very far away

That you will know no matter how dull the world can seem

That no matter how grown up you get, it’s always good to dream