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Small Boy with New-Born Kittens

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 06, 2012

Small Boy with New-Born Kittens

By Katherine Fernelius Larsen

He kneels, hands still for once, enrapt
Above the mother and her five;
Wondering at the squirming things
So small and softly warm – alive!
He moves one finger just to touch,
Then runs on urgent feet to tell …
Only to find words not enough
For his first miracle!

(1948)



2 Comments »

  1. What a delightful little poem. I love the near-rhyme on tell & miracle, as if that incomplete rhyme is also “not enough” just like the boy’s words. (Though I’m sure plenty when quoting in a sing-song voice would say “mir-a-KELL”…)

    Comment by Paul — December 6, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  2. It does seem to both need a second stanza, and yet be complete without it.

    Comment by Julia — December 6, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

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