today i'm five

Today I’m five. Too young for sentimentality,
but old enough to appreciate that I’m riding
in a Volkswagen microbus sitting on a cardboard
straight chair between my folks in the front seats

singing along with "Afternoon Delight" when my dad
says She knows all the words to all the songs,
just like her Aunt and I beam with something like
five-year-old pride and never forget it ever.

And then we arrive at our new house, new house!
which by the way is a big tall two-story new house
with a railing on the front steps that’s made
for swinging, so I swing, attracting the notice

of some neighborhood girls, girls! and we girls
go running down the sidewalk across the backyards
through the lumberyard to the railroad tracks
and lob iron ore pellets just for good measure.

Then we’re all in Linda’s screened-in front porch
pumping the porch swing singing in four-part harmony
(altogether now) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE da da da da da. 
And you know, that’s still true, all you need is love.

Woo hoo, I got to pick the line for Master Class at Sinistral Scribblings this week: "Today I'm five." It's from Room by Emma Donoghue.


  1. Oh this is adorable to read, a glimpse into a happy little girl's childhood. Fantastic write, kiddo. Loved every line.

  2. Well done! You write it as if it happened yesterday.

  3. I love the energy, the young eyes-adult voice and the song.

  4. Lovely! My kind of poem! And asuch a significant day--all looking forward and no regret. It swings.

  5. I think I am swinging on that rail, right next to you!

  6. This is delightful in its details!

  7. I love seeing you at five; it's amazing the things that stick in our little brains. My girl will be five in less than a month, and I wonder what she will hold in her heart like this.

  8. Argh, Afternoon Delight is wrong, I was ten when that came out. Oh well. :)

  9. Just awesome!
    Full of energy and love and life and joy!

  10. I just love this. I'm not going to even think about why, just bask in how happy it makes me.

  11. I remember hearing "afternoon delight" from the backseat many times, as a result of this post, and can still feel the warm air on my face coming from dad's open window.

    Knowing now what the song is about, I've no idea why my folks ever allowed it to play though.

    Thanks for bringing back good times to mind =)

  12. I really really like this marian--time capsule poems can either be goopy, or they can work, and when they work, we get to be 5 again,too. I enjoy that, and that you made me remember that time so fondly--I wasn't 5, but I could still pretend.

  13. This is so happy and joyful! It made me smile. Thank you for that.

  14. So filled with happiness and fond memories... gotta love that...and I do! All you need is love - very true.

  15. I love the happiness and joy and simplicity that this little girl feels. Beautiful job, and wonderful choice in prompt!

  16. The sweetness of new friends and a new house from an innocent POV. I loved it.

  17. A great peek into the mind of a little one. Well done.

  18. yay, glad you all liked it! thank you for the kind words.


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