Date: January 24th, 2014

New Baby

by Ralph Fletcher

Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family by Ralph Fletcher

Soon as the baby gets born
before she’s two hours old
people start dividing her up.

“She has Daddy’s big ears”
“Got Grandma’s double chin”
“She has my olive eyes”

like she’s just a bunch
of borrowed parts
stitched together.

Well, I just got to hold her.
I touched her perfect head
and I’ll tell you this:

My sister is whole.

Copyright © 1999 Ralph Fletcher. From the book Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family. Orchard Books. Reprinted by permission of the author.

About The Author

Author Ralph FletcherRalph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. He frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Also Known As Rowan Pohi, Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know, A Writing Kind of Day: Poems from Young Poets, Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, A Writer’s Notebook, and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.

Learn more about Ralph at his website and on Wikipedia at You can follow him on Twitter at @FletcherRalph. Check out his blog at:

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