Her smile, more infectious than Covid

I am vaccinated against life’s travails

via an iphone app that includes emojis

But a granddaughter almost three

who is bi-lingual, is a tonic beyond

either Pfizer or AstraZeneca, or any

other laboratory cultivation

We need no language although she

now speaks three, English, Korean

and smatterings of Te Reo

Her second name Aroha means love

but is transformed when spoken

at her local childcare, to Arawa, which

in Te Reo translation means canoe

and alludes to migration and I

wish her a canoe to visit me

but will settle for Kakao, the

Korean version of Viber or whatever

App you are using to transmit

your love around the world