And I say to myself
Between the years,
Between learning to walk and growing up,
There is a promise in these brown eyes,
There is a promise so old that it is always new.
And I say to the world, proudly:
This is my present to you,
These brown eyes with their promise.
And in the still night I say to you, fondly;
Now I begin to understand.
This promise is so old that is forever new.
These brown eyes were a present to me,
Now I give them to you.
Nell Dorr em “Mother and Child”, 1954.