Open Mic: Love Comes First, a Dialogue Poem

Parent

“C’mon stop crying.”

Grandparent

“When you did that, I picked you up and held 

you.”

Parent

“I was like that?”

Grandparent

“Yes, and you snuggled into my shoulder.”

Parent

“I think parents should create more 

independence.”

Grandparent

“But these are baby steps, first comes love.”

Parent

“I do love, but I must teach.”

Grandparent

“Plenty of time to learn when they are capable 

of understanding.”

Parent

“What does a baby understand?”

Grandparent

“Love”

Parent

“When will I know it’s time to teach?”

Grandparent

“When they ask to learn?”

Parent

“How can I teach love?”

Grandparent

“Mercy.”

Parent

“Love comes first. Come here Baby, I love 

you!”

Grandparent

“Mercy! And in the same spot you once found 

yours. Love comes first.”

“One” is the pen name of North Bay author Eddie Campagnola. Austin Macauley Publishing UK will publish his forthcoming book of dialogue poems, “Directions in Dialogue,” in spring 2022.
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