Natty on his Eighth Birthday

Hey! You’re eight!
What can you do?
I’ll tell you—

You can leap into the trees
and kick a soccer ball
way, way out of sight.

Tunes run around
in your head
night and day
waiting to jump to your violin
or run up and down on the piano keys.

And when Gemma needs a hug
big brother is there and her world
is all OK.

Eight is such a great age to be,
Full of exciting things
just waiting to happen!

Lari Smith