For My Little Sister

Our 10th grandchild, Lara Veronica, came into the world recently.  I wrote the following poem for her as seen through the eyes of her 7-year-old sister.

For My Little Sister

Where did you come from, little baby?

Not from the hospital, as some are told,

That’s just a delivery station,

But from someone closer, for you are my sister.

You are defenseless and helpless

Yet, you are not worried;

Your contentment is just a twitch of the nose away

Or as close as a stretch of your tiny fingers.

You are serenely confident that God has provided you

With everything you need:

Love and guidance from mom and dad,

Fun and games from your trio of sisters.

Modest, though miraculous,

Eager, yet incapable,

You instruct me on the virtues

Of gentleness and care.

I think that we have much to teach each other

In our classroom without walls

But as for now, you are my master

And I, your submissive student.

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About the Author

Dr. Donald DeMarco is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, Ontario; a Visiting Scholar, Holy Apostles College and Seminary; a Distinguished Visiting Teacher, St. Hyacinth College, Granby, Massachusetts; Faculty Member at: Catholic Bible College of Canada; St. Joseph’s College, Edmonton; Mater Ecclesiae, Rhode Island; Domus Mariae, Rhode Island; John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia; and a Lecturer for the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Cambridge, Ontario. He is the author of 21 books, including, How to be Virtuous in a Not-So-Virtuous World with Fr. Bill McCarthy, MSA (Los Angeles, CA: Queenship, 2007); several hundred articles in scholarly journals and in anthologies, and articles and essays appearing in other journals and magazines and in newspapers; and innumerable book reviews in a variety of publications. His education includes: B.S. Stonehill College, North Easton, MA 1959 (General Science); A.B. Stonehill College, 1961 (Philosophy); Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1961-2 (Theology); M.A. St. John's University, Jamaica, NY, 1965 (Philosophy); and Ph.D. At. John's Univ., 1969 (Philosophy). His Master's dissertation was "The Basic Concept in Hegel's Dialectical Method" and his Doctor’s dissertation was "The Nature of the Relationship between the Mathematical and the Beautiful in Music". He is married to Mary Arendt DeMarco and they have five children.

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