Must Be Looked At

by Duncan Jones

Before the bicycles the cars
Or the toys or swimming pools
Before the friends and birthday parties
And high and middle schools

Before a personality is shown
Or the preferences are seen
Before the favorite color chosen
Maybe purple? Maybe green?

Before the toddler even toddles
Before the magic of first words
And even yes before the bottles
And watching puppy dogs and birds

Before it’s known what life has planned
Before it’s known what they’ll be good at
Before anything and all of that, first ...
The baby must be looked at

“You just gotta come see the baby!”