I peer out the window,

And gaze at movement far away.

Grown-ups rushing past me

All throughout the day.

The land is full of wonder

And discoveries rare and true.

So much of it is puzzling,

To a child only two.

Teasing voices make me smile,

Despite potential danger.

Which helping hand shall I learn trust

When all the world's a stranger?

They say it's almost Christmas,

Whatever that might mean.

For a toddler it's much harder

To imagine sights unseen.

I'll try to learn, I'll try to grow

In that busy land out there.

But I'd rather snuggle 'neath my quilt,

Me and teddy bear.

Teddy isn't real, I know

But his friendship can inspire.

He wants me to do all things good -

And be the spark that lights the fire.

So let me chase after butterflies,

Though I'll lose the race -

But if I make you laugh and cry,

The world's a better place.

Let me shower those I meet

With rainbows from within.

Let me heal every broken soul

Simply with my grin.

Let me stay where it's nice and warm,

Let me have no cares.

Let me sing and jump and play

With sugar plums and pears.

Teach me how to say hello,

And reach for whirligigs up high.

Let me play with every toy

Before I wave bye-bye.

One thing is for certain -

Too soon I will grow old.

The days will change; the sun will set

The hearth turns dark and cold.

So in the meantime and evermore

Let me feel the joy.

My eyes are young; my heart is happy,

I am just a boy.

Donald R. Serfass

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