Poetry of Kansas

Baby Understands

Out in the shade of the trees in the yard,
    In its cool crib is the baby;
Cooing, then kicking its feet fast and hard,
    Looking above is the baby.
Ev'rything talks to the sweet baby there___
Old Mister Blue Jay and Robin so fair___
And they look down with a wondering air,
    Chirping sweet notes to the baby.
Baby's blue eyes soon discover them there,
    For he is watching, is baby;
Two hands are moving, two feet in the air,
    Cooing a welcome is baby.
He understands all the notes that they sing
    Of their dear birdlings that nested this spring,
And what a pleasure their raising did bring."
    He understands, does the baby.
Then the wind tosses the branches around,
    Just for his pleasure, knows baby,
And far above him a sky world he's found,
    Blue like the eyes of the baby.
Bending above these the sky takes a peep,
Wind whispers softly, "Thy mamma will keep
Baby from harm"___and he's now fast asleep;
    He understands, does the baby.

__Ed Blair.

Sunflower Siftings
Ed Blair
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
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