DPF / Collins

For our daughter’s 15th birthday today, from The Art of Drowning.

from On Turning Ten / by Billy Collins

You tell me it is too early to be looking back, 
but that is because you have forgotten 
the perfect simplicity of being one 
and the beautiful complexity introduced by two. 
But I can lie on my bed and remember every digit. 
At four I was an Arabian wizard. 
I could make myself invisible 
by drinking a glass of milk a certain way. 
At seven I was a soldier, at nine a prince. 

DPF / Chen

For whatever the weather we’ll weather it whether it’s stormy or sun, from The Best American Poetry 2015, edited by Sherman Alexis, series editor David Lehman.

from for i will do/undo what was done/undone to me / by Chen Chen

                  i pledge allegiance to the weather
report that promises more snow, plus freezing rain.
though i would minus the plural & plus the multitude

of messages pressed muddy into the perfectly
mutable snow