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To you, Darling Little Girl in the grocery store,

Hand-holding with your mama

Kicking and skipping on the way in

Blonde curls bouncing tenderly

On your growing shoulders…


You are Confidence personified,

fashion sense Instinctive, tied

up in Joy,

An untarnished Pride


Oh, little woman-in-the-making

Keep your Self, your Art, your Bliss

Let not the world

Take away from you… this


Your little heart gladdens at

being Unique

create your dreams

And keep yourself Sweet



A.  Locke 2013