Kate Has Learned to Count

It is Eric’s second year of number facts
and Kate has been listening.

When he is done reciting his sums
she proclaims with all the wisdom
of her five years
“Daddy I can count to 100 you know.”

“So what” Eric says
“Numbers go way past 100.”
“I know” Kate adds
“I know numbers never end.
Numbers never end until you die.”

from Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump: Selected Poems, 2012 (buy the book on Amazon)