My grandson, Jules, was recently born
Knowing a good part of what I’d like to know
The moment I die.
And that is – a moment of purity, serenity, and composure –
Before, one day in the future, hopefully, flowering into ecstatic joy.
From the moment of birth – God’s gift of first in-breath –
To the moment of death – God’s gift of final exhalation
Is usually a long and eventful road.
I myself would like to end up with Jules’ ability to gaze out at the world
With such unknowing “wonder” –
In fact, at the end, I’d like to achieve that same look –
Accompanied, of course, with a conscious compassion for the entire world.
I’d like to understand what Jules experienced as truth at his birth –
And then end up achieving a mature ability to love.
Jules, someday I’d like to be able to “see” as clearly as you did on day one –
While, over my lifetime, developing a heart as big as the entire world –
Perhaps even paralleling, in my own small way, God’s own infinite heart.
Yes, I want to go out as clear-eyed as this newborn baby arrived –
While, over time, diligently developing a heart of God.