Thursday, April 30, 2009

Snot in the open hand

Coraline is progressing well through her stages of development. She has learned that picking her nose is rewarding. She is also getting very good at sharing. In fact, she has combined both these skills. She now enjoys picking her nose and offering it to you. She jabbers a little as if to say, "I know you have been dying to get your hands on some of this and here it is!" She has such a look of joy and love in her eyes when she does it. It is actually quite touching. It reminds me of this poem (with some subtle changes):

Not in a silver casket cool with pearls
Or rich with red corundum or with blue,
Locked, and the key withheld, as other girls
Have given their loves, I give my love to you;
Not in a lovers’-knot, not in a ring
Worked in such fashion, and the legend plain—
Semper fidelis, where a secret spring
Kennels a drop of mischief for the brain:
Love in the open hand, no thing but that,
Ungemmed, unhidden, wishing not to hurt,
As Coraline would offer you snot on a finger
Picked from her nose, or hummus in a tub,
I bring you, calling out as children do:
“Look what I have!—And this is all for you.”

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

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