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Poem - Brand New Person

Brand New Person

When you were born the family gathered round

They said “Oh look, there’s Auntie’s eyes, there’s Granddad’s nose”

They seemed to want to see

themselves reflected in your face

Our friends all agreed

That it must be cool to have

a mini version of yourself to mould

and undo past mistakes

When I looked at you I could see only you

A brand new person

Owning infinite possibilities

Content, without the weight of history

This is all I want for you;

To be completely you and no-one else.

Toni Bonner