My two-year old,
I’ve answered many times.
And, yet, again your small voice chimes:
“What is the name of this-
And this- and this?”
I’ll punctuate it with a kiss!
That is a flower, and that the floor.
That is a bowl, that is a door.
And that is something very queer;
It is a china dragon’s ear!
This is a cushion lying here…
There are so many things to know!
Your little mind must grow and grow,
Your little questions flow and flow.
Yet. while I’m here, I’ll seek
To shape the answers rightly,
And, when I’m gone, I’ll pray
God guide your eager quest
Of knowledge, dear!
THE AVE MARIA