Before the sun rose this morning, I left my coffee cup
On the table next to the vase of flowers
And pulled a chair around to the far side near the window.
I brushed aside the still air of early kitchen light
And lifted myself up, towering toward the ceiling,
To unspine the batteries from the clock on the wall.
I wanted to place them next to one of your drawings,
The one with purple and blue marker on yellow paper
In which you carefully illustrated your little world
Filled with sunshine and letters of the alphabet,
A summer sky hovering above
Your endless fields of doodling.
You told me it reminded you of Blueberry Mash Hill,
That fantastic landscape of games and laughter you climb
On every walk we take around the neighborhood,
Or Apple Hill, the other street that bends toward the cul-de-sac,
Perhaps even Strawberry Hill, the one with the sharp incline
Followed by a spectacular view of the clouds.
But as the sunlight began to trickle through the window
And illuminate the hills of your imagination,
I laid the pages back on the table
And glanced at the pair of batteries,
Rolling lazily along the wooden surface,
Disregarding my attempt to freeze this moment in time
As I can just detect your small voice
Calling out from the top of the stairs,
Ready for another day of constant and beautiful growing.