21 Years Ago Today

You woke me up early
“Today is the day,
Ready or not,
I am on my way!”

Then at the hospital
You gave us a scare
When the doctor uttered
“The heartbeat’s not there.”

An entire eternity
Lapsed in just 5 minutes.
The problem was equipment
And the fault found within it.

Just a few hours later
You made your debut.
Suddenly my life
Became all about you.

10 fingers, 10 toes
A perfectly round dome.
I immediately noted
Your eyes were my own.

I remember each moment
21 years ago today
Clear as though
They unfolded just yesterday.

Happy birthday
To my first born child!
Enjoy this new freedom
(Please don’t go too wild).

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