for my niece
Kate Nicole, red-faced, hiccupping
image of God, you got God’s watermark today.
That was a beautiful thing to watch.
One day, because it is too easy and too hard to be human,
you might wonder what you’re worth.
I hope then you’ll hold yourself to the light
to see God’s work, which he does with a jeweller’s care,
a carpenter’s capable hands, a stone-mason’s patience,
and above all, love.
He knows how to lay a foundation.