What Comes After Sweet 16?

Micah as a Cartoon
Micah as a Cartoon

And no, there is no punch line here. I just wanted to send out a very happy birthday to my youngest boy, The Monkey Prodigy. Today he turns 17.

I am really not sure how that happened. I think he was no older than nine just yesterday. And now he’s getting into jazz he says. Very cool. Time to get him out to the Bull Run Inn on a Monday night to hear Steve Mitchell, Challie Holmes and the rest of the musicians jam.

Visit the Monkey Prodigy, and bring your sense of humor.
Visit the Monkey Prodigy, and bring your sense of humor.

Among the poets who were pushing themselves to write poems in April, Micah has done a little writing of his own. For Poetry Month and Earth Day combined, he wrote this little piece on . . . well, earth . . . and worms. I like it very much, and I’m a bit envious of his cleverness.

My friend John over at Poetically Versed mentioned the poem this week, and made a comparison to it and the style of Angel Gonzalez, as evidenced in this poem. The similarity in voice and dark humor put a smile on my face. It’s always a thrill to hear someone talk about the awesomeness of my sons. And they are three awesome guys.

Oh my . . . it just hit me, one of Micah’s brothers, The Man with the Blue Guitar will hit a second decade this summer. Catch me, I think I’m gonna fai . . . (THUD)


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hope he had a lovely day !


  2. It’s finally happened…the answer my brain offered was: I don’t know what comes after sweet 16, but enjoy the heck out of it because it goes faster than you can imagine. Sheesh, yesterday *I* was 17 — any time now I’ll be giving socks as birthday presents… 🙂


    1. You will, yes, and they will be two sizes too small. That’s how my grandmother did it. 😉


  3. Kelvin S.M. says:

    …hi David… happy birthday Micah! ye know i was 15 when i really started discovering my passion in writing… and at first it was really difficult for i wasn’t really so fluent in using english as my secondary tongue… well sending me to an exclussive school truly helped a lot in me dealing with my english since i got to face & interact with diff people from diff countries… it was just nice to know or meet someone who can start writing good at a young age… well keep on motivating him in discovering this natural art hidden within us & waiting to be unleashed…. thanks for the kind words other day both at dverse & my page… genuinely appreciate it… smiles…


    1. You are very welcome, Kelvin. They were honest words I said. And thank you!


  4. slpmartin says:

    How is it that we parents are unable to count without skipping numbers…especially when it comes to the age of our children….best wishes to your son.


    1. I notice he grows a foot taller every time I don’t see him for a week too. he defies science.


  5. Colin says:

    Well, after Sweet Sixteen comes Salacious Seventeen of course. Just to make parents sweat and worry. 🙂


    1. Don’t make me cross “The Pond” and smack you.


  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Ah, yesterday I was sixteen and now … oh well, we won’t talk about that. Suffice it to say my “boy” is approaching middle-age. Yikes!

    Happy birthday, Micah.

    David, I love how supportive you are of you children and the joy you take in them. We’d like to think everyone’s that way but – no – unfortunately not.

    Checking out the links you embedded now.

    Happy Sunday, David.
    Poem on …


    1. Why, thank you for that, Jamie. That really does mean a great deal.


  7. claudia says:

    smiles…happy belated birthday to him…and i rather like jazz as well..playing the saxophone…and cool on him writing poetry as well…ah…you can’t start early enough…really cool


    1. Agreed! I think he’s got a great head start on his old man. The stuff I wrote at his age was truly awful! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Claudia!


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