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CJ is my granddaughter, her name short for Christina Joy. When she was little we spent numerous hours sharing a coloring book. I don't know that we ever completely finished a page--a spectacular thing for a Grandma that was obsessed for finished things that have been started.

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Coloring Book

When little CJ comes to visit
She asks me for her "colors,"
The bright, fat crayons that "nanna" keeps
In a recycled butter tub.
We share the color book; CJ scribbles
on the left, the crayon squeezed tightly
in her tiny fist.
I color on the right, carefully converting
the puppy outline into a masterpiece
of paper art.
The puppy must have chocolate brown;
The grass and trees need green, of course.
I stay within the lines, modeling correctness.
CJ helps me--smearing first a purple nose 
on her kitten's face, trailing to my page
to add a purple splash to the tail
of my puppy.
I never am quite finished 
when she decides it's time 
to find new pictures and begin again.
I doubt we'll ever finish those we leave behind,
but I haven't the heart to tell her
she might be wasting pages or coloring them wrong.
Mayhap, our lives would be none the worse
for errant purple outside the lines
or a few pages left unfinished.

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  1. Date: 5/22/2014 11:25:00 AM
    Karen, Congratulations, on having your poem featured on the Poetry Soup's home page. Hope you are enjoying the exposure. Hugs & Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 2/23/2014 6:10:00 PM
    Sweet. Last three lines speak volumes!

  1. Date: 1/4/2014 7:11:00 AM
    You have a rare attention for detail, and this is a master piece, I hope you never lose those crayons, and stop coloring, cuz it keeps you young at heart, stay beautiful, keep writing, and go on, dance, nobody's watching xxx

  1. Date: 1/2/2014 4:27:00 PM
    Welcome to the site. I know you will like it here. Nice enjoyable write here.

  1. Date: 1/1/2014 12:00:00 PM
    - A very pleasant cooperation ..... I enjoy reading this cute poem, Karen! - HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)