Somehow, the sunlit world is grey
A small girl went to school today
So often in these few years
Of healing hurts and mending tears
Of picking playthings off the floor
Or running often to the door
To see if she was safe at play
The awfull fear that she might stray
On eager, fearless baby feet
Into the crowded city street.
One thought has been a placid pool.
She'll soon be old enough for school.
And she was old enough today
Yet all the sunlit world is grey
So soon my rooms grow orderly
With no small girl to bother me.
But quiet rooms are lonely things
When in their walls no small girl sings
A quiet yard's a lonely place
When it has known a small girl's face
Today she joined the world of women
She'll not be wholly mine again
Today she braved life's rise and fall
Dear Lord she seems so very small.
Somehow the sunlit world seems grey
My baby went to school today.