I’m ready to embrace you,
lost child,
shaky as my hands are…
I need your help.
I’ve not looked you in the eyes for so long,
but you’ve never forgotten us,
not for a single day…
and though I faintly remember
the sound of your voice,
your laughter,
your heartbreak,
I know you are the warmth of courage
that has never left me…
and now it is my time to honor you,
to give back to you
the weight of your resilience
and sacrifice,
to give to you
my unwavering love,
to walk with you
hand in hand
on this quiet, tender night,
sleep, rest,
and arise together:
a new day awaits us…