My child Such difficulty I have. And also you sleep, the heart is definitely placid; you dream in the joyless real wood; in the night nailed in bronze, in the blue darker you rest still and shine.
Simonides (c. 556-468 BCE), " Danae" (tr. Richmond Lattimore)
PRESENTS UNLYING PERISHING AFTER LIVING
Today I'm five. I was several last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in the sack in the dark I am just changed to five, abracadabra. Just before that I was three, then simply two, the other, then zero. " Was I less numbers? " " Hmm? " Mum does a big stretch. " Up in Bliss. Was I minus one, minus two, minus three--? " " Nah, the numbers failed to start right up until you zoomed down. " " Through Skylight. You were most sad until I happened in your tummy. " " You said it. " Ma leans out of Bed to switch on Light fixture, he makes everything light whoosh. We shut my own eyes just with time, then available one a crack, in that case both. " I cried till My spouse and i didn't have got any cry left, " she tells me. " I recently lay right here counting the seconds. " " Just how many just a few seconds? " My spouse and i ask her. " Untold millions of them. " " Not any, but how many specifically? " " I lost count, " says Mum. " Then you certainly wished and wished in your egg till you got fat. " She grins. " I could feel you hitting. " " What was I actually kicking? " " Myself, of course. " I always giggle at that tad. " From the inside, boom boom. " Ma take you her sleeping T-shirt besides making her tummy jump. " I thought, Jack's on his method. First thing each day, you slid out upon the area rug with your eye wide open. " I appear down in Rug with her reddish colored and brown and dark-colored all zigging around one another. There's the stain My spouse and i spilled by mistake getting delivered. " You cutted the cord and i also was totally free, " My spouse and i tell Mum. " I quickly turned into boys. " " Actually, you were a boy already. " She gets out of Bed and goes to Temperature control system to hot the air. I actually don't think this individual came you get after nine, the air's always different if this individual came. We don't inquire because your woman doesn't just like saying about the man. " Tell me, Mr. Five, would you like your present now or after breakfast? " " The facts, what is it? " " I realize you're fired up, " states, " somebody not to nibble your finger, germs may sneak in the opening. " " To sick and tired me just like when I was three with throw-up and diarrhea? " " Worse than that, " says Ma, " germs might make you perish. " " And resume Heaven early on? " " You're continue to biting this. " Your woman pulls my hand away. " Sorry. " I lay on the bad hand. " Call up me Mister. Five once again. " " So , Mister. Five, " she says, " now or perhaps later? " I jump onto Rocker to look at Watch, he says '07: 14. I can skateboard on Rocker with no holding on to her, then I whee back onto Duvet and I'm snowboarding instead. " When will be presents designed to open? " " Either way would be entertaining. Will I choose for you? " asks Mother. " Now I'm five, I must choose. " My finger's in my mouth again, I put it within my armpit and lock close. " I actually choose--now. " She draws a something out by under her pillow, I think it was concealing all night invisibly. It's a tube of reigned over paper, together with the purple ribbon all around from your thousand sweets we got enough time Christmas happened. " Open it up, " she tells me. " Lightly. " We figure out to do off the knot, I associated with paper flat, it's a drawing, just pad, no hues. I don't know what really about, however turn it. " Me! " Like in Reflection but even more, my head and arm and shoulder within my sleep Jacket. " Why are the eyes of the me shut? " " You were in bed, " says Ma. " How you performed a picture asleep? " " No, I used to be awake. Yesterday morning and the day before and the working day before that, I position the lamp on and drew you. " The girl stops smiling. " What's up, Jack? You don't like it? " " Not--when you're upon at the same time Now i am off. " " Well, I could hardly draw you while you were awake, or it wouldn't be a shock, would it? " Ma holds back. " I think you'd like a surprise. " " I prefer a bg surpise and me knowing. " She kind of laughs. I get on Rocker to take a pin coming from Kit in Shelf, without one means now there'll be no left in the five. Right now there used to end up being six but one faded. One is holding up Great Masterpieces of Western Art Number 3: The...