Ode to My Little Dove

by Christine@TheAums on August 23, 2013 · 13 comments

TheAumsOdeToMyDoveHow you love collecting feathers,
especially on the beach.
Big, little, raggedy and dirty-
these feathers have seen better days.

But to you, they are treasures
that light up your eyes
as you hunt the hot sand,
adding to your growing bouquet.

Or, in your sweet 4-year-old words,
your feather family.
There’s mama and papa feather,
brother, sister and baby feathers, too.

All arranged neatly by size
as if posing for a portrait.
Only it’s me taking the picture,
adding to my collection.

Remembering your many yesterdays
and imagining tomorrows to come.


Your name means Dove.
Your first word was “pajaro”- Spanish for bird
“Pabo, pabo, pabo!” you squealed
every time a bird flew in our yard.

Feather girl, bring your treasures home.
Wash them in the bathroom sink,
Sprinkle them on the floor and in your bed,
Decorate your life and be happy.

Take these broken wings and let your spirit soar.

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Brandi August 23, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Oh my. This is so absolutely beautiful. Palauma is such a sweet little light, and this poem totally captures that. Lovely work, Mama!
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Christine@TheAums August 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Thank you, Brandi. I thought of you when writing this. I miss our haiku Tuesdays :)


Jessica August 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

This is beautiful, Christine! It honestly, in all my postpartum hormonal-ness, brought tears to my eyes. I love the picture, too. So sweet.


Christine@TheAums October 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thanks, Jessica…I really loved putting this one together…very therapeutic and makes me want to reflect and write creatively more often.


Leah Mastilock September 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

loved this immediately because all things Beatles are awesome, but this is so sweet! I’m right there with you!
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Christine@TheAums October 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Thanks, Leah! The Beatles gene is strong in our family.


Jin Ai September 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

You string words together so beautifully. I’d love to be able to write like this! And what a perfect photo too for her to remember.
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Christine@TheAums October 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Thank you, Jin!I just have to figure out how to do it more often…seriously.


Janice October 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

How beautiful and cute at the same time. I can totally see her happiness in that photo!


Christine@TheAums October 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Feathers are a big part of her 4-year-old life. It felt good to capture that.


Runnermom-jen October 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hey girl! Just checking in. Beautiful photo, beautiful writing…I love the part about her first words.
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Christine@TheAums October 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

Thanks, Jen. And thanks for checking in…let’s see if I can get this blog going again.


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