3.19.2020 – born at the instant

born at the instant
eyes as clear as centuries
born at the right time

A friend of mine recently told me, “oh mah gawd. You did something right. “

She was looking at the picture below of my grandchildren eating ice cream.

Assembling the montage of photos with of me and my Grand Babies, I am smart enough to agree.

I am also smart enough to not ask or wonder what I did.

If I wonder I wonder about the magic of infants

I could try and put it into words, but Paul Simon already did.

I took the wording for today’s Haiku straight from Mr. Simon’s Born at the Right Time.

I kept trying to change the or adapt the wording but my efforts came out less for trying.

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

It also came to me that just to be there was pretty special.

Not sure of the numbers, but my Dad I think got to see just 1 or 2 or his first 10 grand children in the hospital (the number went into the 40’s I think).

Its an honor really.

A privilege to be among the first people these little ones get to meet.

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

I am a lucky guy.

I am a blessed guy.

I did something right.

And I don’t question my good fortune.

Paul Simon – Born At The Right Time

Down among the reeds and rushes
A baby boy was found
His eyes as clear as centuries
His silky hair was brown

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

Me and my buddies we are traveling people
We like to go down to restaurant row
Spend those Euro-dollars
All the way from Washington to Tokyo
I see them in the airport lounge
Upon their mother’s breast
They follow me with open eyes
Their uninvited guest

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

Too many people on the bus from the airport
Too many holes in the crust of the earth
The planet groans
Every time it registers another birth

But down among the reeds and rushes
A baby girl was found
Her eyes as clear as centuries
Her silky hair was brown

Never been lonely
Never been lied to
Never had to scuffle in fear
Nothing denied to
Born at the instant
The church bells chime
And the whole world whispering
Born at the right time

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