First Grader

by Emily Miller

She will travel the world,
See the sights through her mind,
Learn of peasants and kingdoms,
Tyrant leaders and kind.

She will stand by the Thames,
Dip a toe in the Nile,
Meet Tubman and Gandhi,
Spend a year on an isle.

In the meantime, her eyes
Shine and sparkle and gleam.
Words open up worlds,
Worlds open up dreams.

Emily cares for her family of five children with her husband in Washington, endlessly hopeful that she will eventually get the complicated things in life figured out. Check out her blog at

Photography by Kenneth Godoy

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