Wednesday, October 7, 2009

About a boy

They call you Badjao--
but you said your name
is Michael Jackson

but I know you

you are
mud-puddle-splashing and
secret-fort-building and
living-room-floor-wrestling and
sometimes even sweet-sibling-hugging

you are
coated with dirt
of boyhood play
you said you're handsome, brave
and fair---
and what else?
the brightest boy around here

in your dreams
you are
a cowboy, a fireman,
a tricycle driver,
an astronaut,
and yes,
Michael Jackson
in boxing gloves

you are
a charmer--
born to conquer the seas,
explore the plains,
and climb the trees
and yes,
i must admit
you moonwalk with a grace
Michael Jackson has a new face

Posted for Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday             


Terry said...

oh miranda...i came by to read your ruby tuesday and i find this delightful post about the little boy.
it is soooo nice and as i read it, i thought of one of my favourite poems and i am going to put it here for you to read...i am sure that you are going to love it!

You bad leetle boy, not moche you care
How busy you 're kipin' your poor gran'pere
Tryin' to stop you ev'ry day
Chasin' de hen aroun' de hay--
W'y don't you geev' dem a chance to lay?
Leetle Bateese!

Off on de fiel' you foller de plough
Den w'en you 're tire you scare the cow
Sickin' de dog till dey jomp the wall
So de milk ain't good for not'ing at all--
An' you 're only five an' a half dis fall,
Leetle Bateese!

Too sleepy for sayin' de prayer to-night?
Never min' I s'pose it 'll be all right
Say dem to-morrow--ah! dere he go!
Fas' asleep in a minute or so--
An' he 'll stay lak dat till de rooster crow,
Leetle Bateese!

Den wake us up right away toute suite
Lookin' for somet'ing more to eat,
Makin' me t'ink of dem long leg crane
Soon s dey swaller, dey start again,
I wonder your stomach don't get no pain,
Leetle Bateese!

But see heem now lyin' dere in bed,
Look at de arm onderneat' hees head;
If he grow lak dat till he 's twenty year
I bet he 'll be stronger dan Louis Cyr
An' beat all de voyageurs leevin' here,
Leetle Bateese!

Jus' feel de muscle along hees back,
Won't geev' heem moche bodder for carry pack
On de long portage, any size canoe,
Dere 's not many t'ing dat boy won't do
For he 's got double-joint on hees body too,
Leetle Bateese!

But leetle Bateese! please don't forget
We rader you 're stayin' de small boy yet,
So chase de chicken an' mak' dem scare
An' do w'at you lak wit' your ole gran'pere
For w'en you 're beeg feller he won't be dere--
Leetle Bateese!

miranda this was such a great post and with such cute pictures!! terry

miranda, i love the way that you sign your pictures!

~Cheryl said...

Beautiful photos! They really show the cute kid's complete fascination in the world right there at his fingertips! So sweet.

Photo Cache said...

You wrote so nicely about this boy. And the photos were great too. Are you related to him?

Jean Doe said...

I love it, so heartwarming.

Sidney said...

Lovely words and pictures!

Toe said...

I love the poem. So sweet and honest!

Unknown said...

hi Photo Cache! the boy is Jhan (yes, with an "h" :P), he's my cousin's 4-yr old son. my brother and other male cousins call him Badjao to tease him.:D

Unknown said...

oh Terry, how sweet of you to share this lovely poem. thank you. little boys are quite a handful but lots of fun, too.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely verse and the photos are adorable. Thanks for sharing your watery Wednesday.

Al said...

Very candid!

Coffeedoff said...

Lovely set of watery photos, brought to life by your boy!

Hilda said...

I think this is the sweetest post I've seen so far in WW! Beautiful!

Kat said...

What a wonderful post! Love the shots of the adorable boy fascinated by the water. And the last shot is priceless. Thanks for stopping by! Kathy (BTW, your header photo is gorgeous!)

Amy said...

Lovely post!! Great way to document what your little boy is up to these days. You have such a special gift. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a great post! The photos are beautiful and the poem is amazing.

Bonnie said...

What a fun post.

Momgen said...

wow this is a wonderful post of the day with a story...happy watery Wednesday.

Mine is here

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful post, you share the potential and heart of a little boy. Your photos are a perfect mate to your words.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Your verse and photos are the stuff memory is made of. Thank you for sharing both with us. Have a wonderful day.

Jane said...

Hi Miranda,
I am so glad you found me...and now I have found you!!! Your photos capture the fascination Jhan has with the sea...and his "little boy" spirit. The poem accompanying the photos completes the tale.

I am so very drawn to your photos of Jhan playing in the sea. Being the mother of 3 sons, I can just picture them in not only the photos, but the lovely poem. I am also captured by Terry's poem. Boys bring so much joy to a mother's heart....even when they are grown.

Ms. Bake-it said...

What a lovely verse and the photos are adorable. Thank you for sharing them with us.

~ Tracy

Carletta said...

These images evoke a little boy who is all boy and sweet as can be!
Your poetry was outstanding!

Ebie said...

Very poetic. He is so carefree and just enjoying the world around him. He is so cute!

Carly said...

Cute little boy!

Susan Ellis said...

Can't say too much more than what everyone else has already said, except that I totally agree with them all! Brava