Letters for Astrid: 3

Letters for Astrid
 
Your parents sent a picture
just now, you in your car seat
off to your first doctor’s visit.
Car seats have come a long way
since your mother was a baby.
When I was a baby,
there was no such thing.
 
Tom says you look
like a Formula 1 driver.
I think you look like an astronaut.
You could probably orbit
the galaxy in that seat.
I would call you
from Mission Control,
“Earth to Astrid, over,”
and you would send back
songs about the stars.
 
Everyone, thinking
more of Latin than of Norse,
says your name is full of stars.
But, then again,
a little goddess in the right car seat
can eat the stars for breakfast
 
S. Robbins, July 6, 2020

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