Madeleine 

She smiles up at me from the bath. 

Her huge brown eyes are
Apprehensive
I was angry at her before
I smile
Making sure she is comfortable
Making sure she is safe
She is so beautiful.
As I’m looking at her
I don’t know why
But
Sadness overwhelms me.
She is so innocent.
Who will she become?
Things will shape and divide her
I won’t see her again.
She will become a woman.
It will no longer be okay for her to
Touch her “tutu”
People will hurt her
Maybe she will hurt people too.
The inevitable “grandissement” will
Alienate her from me and she will
No longer be my Madeleine.
Come on darling,
It’s time to get out of the bath.
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