A husbandís climax, a wifeís open wound,
the gift of life born from the commingling
of these two submersed in sensuous swoon
that creates one miraculous twinkling.

A warm transparent love - simple, direct,
unfettered by personal projection,
and though cocoon safe, lets a child reflect
unique gift its own mind space does beckon.

A gift of letting go, the submission
to inevitable flight from the nest
and a heart wrenching family fission
when a coming-of-age is manifest.

These three gifts transform the fourth into one,
and bespeak a childís upbringing well done.