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By Leaps and Bounds: Volume Two of The Seasons of Youth

by Louis Daniel Brodsky


Catching Fireflies

A murky dusk announces us to each other
And to the night, bending, slowly, into wonderment,
Under which the three of us snuggle,
Waiting for the emergence of lightning bugs.

As the grass grows imperceptibly moist,
Jan and I stand at impasse,
Exhorting Trilogy to be patient.
We hand her a glass jar, its lid hastily ventilated by a nail,

And ask her to imagine it filled with moons.
Soon, as if humming an inaudible villanelle,
The first firefly ascends from the lawn —
A welding tip that lifts, hovers, dissolves in the trees,

Its dot leaving an indelible spot on our memories.
Suddenly, shooting stars shower our backyard.
Our child runs wild, trying to capture one,
Pull it down from her head-high sky,

Keep it within the grasp her eyes circumscribe.
Missing the elusive insects,
She dashes to the edge of her expectations,
Then passes the task to her mother.

Within minutes, the vessel is a blinking neon
Projecting, in a logo Trilogy alone can decipher,
Delights from previous worlds she’s known.
Such brilliantly dazzling phosphorescences

Presage sleep, for our mesmerized child.
They’ve glittered her brain, painted her memories,
With dizzying possibilities
Of discovering scintillating visions of paradise.

As night resumes its own conversation
Between fleeting flashes and sweeping beacons,
We open the door to the dream’s next morning,
Where white rhinos and unicorns already cavort.

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The second and third years of a child's life are filled with the extraordinary ordinary events that are steppingstone rites of passage: learning to walk and speak; reveling in play and mischief; enduring the travails of illness; growing familiar with the world beyond the house, where dogs, rabbits, and fireflies mesmerize curious eyes; taking part in adventures with mom and dad — vacations, holidays, visits to grandparents. In this second book of a five-volume series about his children, Louis Daniel Brodsky chronicles the progress of his daughter, as she grows by leaps and bounds, and the evolution of his family, which is soon to grow as well, with the birth of a second child.


Young life is a collection of challenges all its own. By Leaps and Bounds is a collection of poetry from a mother reflecting on her daughter growing up and the moments that she sees as time seems to roll on over the years. By Leaps and Bounds is a fresh and insightful book of poetry mothers and fathers will relish.
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