. Newness a sonnet corona for Doris I watch you view the newness of your world. Your widened eyes are dazzled by the light. Your fists of curiosity unfurl Like flexing wings on chicks who dream of flight. I see you snooze to music in your sphere Wooed by Mommy’s lullabies. Your coos Are burbled bursts of buoyant crystal cheer Unsullied by the hues of wisdom’s blues. You soak me in a splash of sunshine beams That stream and gleam when fun is in the air. My stoic poise is fraying at the seams. I’m overstuffed with fluffy tufts of care Escaping from my effervescing heart. I’m giddy with the glory of God’s art. I’m giddy with the glory of God’s art--- Your velvet skin, the vim within your soul, Your cherub cheeks and lips, each peachy part That makes you whole; the whisper of your role In moons to come when skittish springtime blooms... That hazy place beyond these baby days, Beyond the bib and crib and pink balloons Where stars and thorns stud undiscovered ways. I quake at every future scrape and fall--- Mistakes your naked heart is apt to make. I’ve heard the silver song and honeyed call On cunning tongues that vow they won’t forsake The one who’s yet to learn that cold lies burn... The one who’ll tell me, Grandma, it’s my turn! The one who’ll tell me Grandma, it’s my turn Is you---the best gift since I had your dad, The one who smiles in rocking arms that yearn To guide you to the good and through the bad. You’ve graced me with a gush of gasping glee To quench the thirst of parched, untrodden ground. The newest bud upon the family tree, You’ve blessed me with a zest I lost---now found In eyes that brim with all that’s bright and fresh, Eyes that flash with wishes set to fly Beyond the weight of worn and weary flesh, Above the strain of history’s jaded sigh. To soar to highs where purest prayers are hurled, I watch you view the newness of our world. Previously published in Expansive Poetry Online. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.