Thursday, December 07, 2006


Boy Child
by Ona Gritz

The stray ballpoint, a gun.
Umbrella, a sword.
Hands empty,
the air gets a roundhouse kick.

Is this typical "boy" I want to ask.
Or just typical of this boy?
Past bedtime he's enacting battles,
strategies elaborate as chess rules.

Finally, he crash-lands beside me,
seeks my shoulder, slurs "Mommy..."
I stroke his sweat-damp hair
until, shifting position, he sleeps,
arms thrown back in surrender.

--from Literary Mama, 2006--


Blogger The Whole Self said...

that poem is so powerful, and now that i'm a mama of a boy, i think i get it a little more.

your son is perfect.


9:55 AM  
Blogger Remiman said...

I know that boy...I grew up in that body.
nice silence!

10:16 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

this i

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Dennis said...

Charming post. And speaking for the male population, girls can be hard to figure out as well! I have two of the teenage-boy-crazy variety at home (though it sounds more like six).

Dennis ~

12:14 PM  
Blogger deirdre said...

There's a stage little boys go through, when life is filled with make-believe battles and unabashed mommy-kisses, that I just love. This poem says it so well.

And Boy-o is really, really too cute. But don't tell him I called him cute. Handsome.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Ah. I LOVE this whole post.


12:50 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Oh, I love these photos, but especially that last one.

And the poem is perfect to go with.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Nessie Noodle said...

fabulous poem today.
and great photo set as well.

1:00 PM  
Blogger January said...

Great photos and poem! The poem could be decribing my son!

The young ladies must love your son!

(And I've enjoyed your photos, even though I haven't posted.)

5:00 PM  
Anonymous [a}ma said...


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6:24 PM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

uh huh ... a powerful combination of poetry and images ...


6:40 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Your pictures are poetry.

And the poem is full of my own thoughts. Ethan, my son, is such a BOY. what we think of as an american boy. How , why he perfers blue to pink I do not know, but he does.

9:03 PM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

these photos are FABULOUS!!! and the poem...that's my boy...

10:26 AM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

could he *be* anymore adorable???

8:12 PM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

That's one beautiful boy, and a pretty nice pair of new sneaks too.

In these photos and in everything you write, I feel the love you have for your family made palpable.

New York in February?

12:37 PM  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Lovely poem and photos.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Becoming Amethyst said...

That last photo just melts me :-D

x x x x x

3:10 PM  
Blogger brittany said...

so I take it that it IS typical "boy" if we can all relate, we mothers of boys.

this is beautiful. I love these pictures of boy-o--you should frame them.


8:27 AM  

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