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She read me Dr Seuss

6:35 A.M.

Sunrise against my neck
that no cheap tan booth could ever match.

I ring the doorbell in anticipation of joy’s injection.

I needed it.

Because I left my cell phone in the car,
as I didn’t want to hear any chimed email
or text annoyances.

And the car just got cleaned,
only for the birds to have their way
on its waxy shine.

Bastards!

Time to grab the flamethrower from my trunk!

But, before I could scream in Braveheart declaration,
there she was.

Her 6 yr old smile,
made of 1/4 inch gaps between innocence enamel,
captured me like no other could.

“Tio”, she preached in angelica sonata.

As she held me,
held me,
with puppy love warmth.

Even the rainbows fell to its knees.

She took off my jacket with ferret-like perkiness and
asked me to sit on the floor with her.

But, not before offering to toast me some Eggo waffles
with a big glass of Ovaltine…
…in her Little Mermaid glass,
proudly made in North Korea.

It even had the dictator’s initials and a bucktooth smiley face stamp, signed in glitter
that said:
“Kid-safe”.

Thank God I just took my online course in Child Safety.
I was ready!

As I sip on Little Mermaid’s curves,
shaped in plastic, swirly straw weirdness,
a sound blasts off from a Barbie radio.

My 2 yr old angel galloped into this heart of mine,
with Tinnitus piercing scream & laughter,
tackling me in Incredible Hulk lunge.

“Hi Tio”, she whispered, before she hopped back upstairs, 
Ninja Turtle-style,
laughing maniacally with rapid head tilts, left to right to left.

Boys will fear her. 
And I couldn’t be more proud.

After two moments of silence, 
my 6 yr old angel places her Dr. Seuss book on my lap,
as she sits in front of me.

“I can r-r-read
with my eye-s
shut.”

She carefully completed the sentence,
as my eyes instantly fill with leaky pride
and an ingrained smile.

10 minutes later, she shut her book and asked me how she did.
“I am so proud of you my angel.”
“You have come so far.”

I had to hold back tears because I didn’t want to throw her off.
Yet I think she knew,
because she kept her head down and smiled with gentle starburst.

Mission accomplished.

And it was then where I heard her say,
“Those who matter don’t mind,
those who mind don’t matter.”

But she was quiet, looking at me with tilted head & smile.

For it was my inner child, 
speaking
clear.

© Drake J. Eszes

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  1. Date: 1/10/2014 2:36:00 PM
    Awww. I enjoyed this uplifting piece. "Tio" means uncle in Spanish, no? It's so heartwarming to be around children, especially when they look up to you.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 1/10/2014 3:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, that's what "Tio" means. =) Yes, it is indeed very heartwarming. Thank you so much, Juliet!
  1. Date: 9/3/2013 5:41:00 PM
    Wow! This one really tugged on my heart strings! A very heartfelt write, which I enjoyed immensely!....Please, read my poem titled, "Heaven For A Poet". It also mentions Dr. Seuss, among other famous poets.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 9/3/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks very much, Kelly. I'm glad it hit you as good as it did me.
  1. Date: 7/20/2013 12:20:00 AM
    nice story about life such a joy to see kids grow up.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/20/2013 2:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, agreed. While I don't have kids of my own, to see my nieces shine the way they did when this happened...melted my soul. Thanks, Ruth!
  1. Date: 7/13/2013 3:12:00 AM
    Im rereading this beauty..and I know now ..its about those two beautiful cute angels.Their world is beautiful isn t it?Their fantasy is real..Their innocence is enchantingly pure.Its wonderful when our inner child speaks through little people..Just wanna have a snowball fight anytime : ).One of my favs of yours..going to my favs

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/13/2013 7:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Their world is beautiful. Mine, moreso, because they're in it. Embrace your inner child, always. Thank you, dear Charmaine! :)
  1. Date: 7/2/2013 9:07:00 AM
    Dang, I couldn't remember if I faved it and when I went to look, it turns out that my MEMBER area has disappeared. And all my soupmail as well!!! Has this happened to YOU? It means I cannot host a contest or see my poetry or my faves unless it is fixed. Gosh, I hope this is all temporary!!!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/2/2013 9:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Really? That sucks! I hope so too. I don't see any issues on my end.........yet. lol
  1. Date: 7/2/2013 9:02:00 AM
    btw, that first poem you read on your show. I think I read it here at Soup, didn't I? I like how it sounded read aloud. What was its name again?

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/2/2013 9:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I have to be honest. I'll need to listen again to what I read first. I don't remember which I read. :) But, thank you! :)
  1. Date: 7/2/2013 9:01:00 AM
    Drake, I think this has to be my very favorite of yours I have seen so far at Soup. It will get a big FAVE from me. Just happened to find it by perusing your list of titles and I liked the title for it. Loved how you described her as a perky ferret! My friend Nikko sent me a link to the June 17 show and I listened a bit to it. Great job with your radio show. Because of time constraints I probably can't ever join in, but it's sure a great thing you are doing.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 7/2/2013 9:14:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ha, thank you so much! :) I do hope you can listen in during the Live set or call in one day.
  1. Date: 5/16/2013 9:41:00 AM
    I was looking through the Best Prose Poetry list and stumbled upon yours. This was incredible! So much imagination went into this and I just love how it all revolves around the love you have for your little niece. Just nonchalantly going to the trunk for your flamethrower? Epic! This beaut is going to my faves... just excellent writing skills!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 5/16/2013 9:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Flamethrowers, that's how I roll. :) I will never forget this day that inspired this piece as long as I live. Thanks so so much, Tim!
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 11:03:00 PM
    I love this, very well done Drake, those who matter don't mind ;} glad you liked my Concrete Angel ;}

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 4/21/2013 11:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi there! Thanks so very much! And you're welcome! :)
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:53:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your creative work this afternoon..I like the reference to the saying "Those who matter don't mind" and "Those who mind don't matter"...Great job..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 4/19/2013 3:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, I love that saying quite a bit myself. Thank you so much! :)
  1. Date: 11/20/2011 6:08:00 AM
    This is beautiful. Capturing the innate beauty in the everyday. The joy that only children can evoke. LOVED THIS.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 11/20/2011 7:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    A joy that I embrace WHOLLY! Thank you so much, Sara! :)
  1. Date: 11/15/2011 7:23:00 AM
    Dear Drake, What a lovely poem. I read Tennessee Williams' poems at bedtime to my little boys, but I read Dr. Seuss as well. "Green Eggs and Ham", "Are You My Mother?" etc. BTW, I had Eggo buttermilk waffles for breakfast today. Thank you for commenting on my poem. Nola

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 11/19/2011 9:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hola Nola! <-- rhymes! :) You had Eggos? You rock! You're very welcome. And thank YOU for coming by here.
  1. Date: 8/29/2011 12:03:00 AM
    Magic verse to celebrate childhood. Your inner child is beautiful!

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/29/2011 7:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Elizabeth! That's very sweet of you to say. :) Thank you for taking the time to come this way.
  1. Date: 8/26/2011 3:45:00 PM
    This goes down in history as "precious!" Oh yeah, u know? Drake Estes? Yeah, the guy who wrote She Read Me Dr. Seuss!! Will be looking for your book on Amazon b4 the weekend is up. Is this one in there? Please tell!! Gwendolen

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/26/2011 5:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hey Gwen! Damn, you just blew me away with your comment. Score 1 for you. :) Thank you so very much for that. This didn't make it to my book in time. But, that just means I may have to do another one. And, actually, if it was in my 1st book, I can't keep it online. Nonetheless, thank you again!!! :)
  1. Date: 4/18/2011 5:33:00 AM
    Tito eh? Sounds close enough. :) Thank you so much Nikko, that means a lot.

  1. Date: 4/12/2011 11:54:00 PM
    Ah this melts the heart, Drake :)-- absolutely enjoyed reading this very sweet piece about your nieces-- I could see everything as if I were peeking through that window-- way to go for you, you sound like an amazing uncle (we actually call them Tito here, although other elderly people also refer to them as Tio-- as we have Spanish influences in our culture...)

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 5:26:00 AM
    You've made me smile now. That really means so much! Thank you!!! :)

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 5:22:00 AM
    Drake ..being so impressed with your poetic creative spirit and magnificent words .. making u a favorite poet today for sure.. u are a special creation and blessings flow to u always luv..

  1. Date: 4/2/2011 5:39:00 AM
    Thvia, that is so awesome of you to say. I'm glad you know what "Tio" means. :) Thank you so much!!!

  1. Date: 4/1/2011 10:01:00 PM
    I love your use of dialogue in your work, something I've never tried out of fear.. ha ha! I chose this one for the title, fell in love with the rest as well. What a great Tio you are!

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