Tell me again about the first time we met. It’s my favorite story.
Earthmother (for Heidi)
It might seem a perilous undertaking of the spirit, to see what beauty is still alive in this world of smoke, and speed, and fear, but as I question if there is hope for us in the times to come, I remember you in your garden, smiling, and showing us that hope is everywhere if you know where to look.
There are more with a spark like the one you carry in your loving heart, so I know we will never be lost.
I probably won’t admit it in person, but I think you’re pretty great.
Don’t take your family for granted, because people who love you even after they know you don’t come along every day.
For everything you’ve done and everything you are, thank you. You are the light that shines.
When I wasn’t sure if it was
to keep going,
because of how hard it was,
you were there
to show me
it wasn’t going to be easy,
but it was going to be worth it.
when you were most needed
and held the ground steady
in your quiet way.
For us, there is no question,
we could never have made it this far
Real Hero (fem)
Anyone can slay a dragon, she told me, but try waking up every morning & loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.
This is a picture
of true happiness.
This is for the times
you held me in your thoughts,
I could be more.
All those times I wanted to quit,
slip out through the escape hatch
and disappear without a trace.
But you weren’t having it,
you and your stubborn love.
There are invisible lines
connecting everything together,
and I am particularly fond of
the one that connects me to you.
There is no one who comes here that does not know this is a true map of the world, with you there in the center, making home for us all.
There are moments when I’m completely at peace, but it’s usually before my children wake up & they’ll have none of that.
Some days I wonder how my kids will turn out, but most of the time I’m just figuring out how to survive them right now.
Some Kind of Ride
feels like some kind of ride but it’s turning out just to be life going absolutely perfectly
Side by Side
We sat side by side in the morning light & looked out at the future together.
You may not remember the time you let me go first. Or the time you dropped back to tell me it wasn’t that far to go. Or the time you waited at the crossroads for me to catch up. You may not remember any of those, but I do & this is what I have to say to you: today, no matter what it takes, we ride home together.
I sometimes wake in the early morning
& listen to the soft breathing
of my children & I think to myself,
this is one thing I will never regret
& I carry that quiet with me all day long.