How far we’ve come, these last few years.
The journey, though sweet, has been filled with tears.
Laughter too and hard work besides
But so worth it to know you, and watch you arise.
Like a worn out teddy, to you I would cling
For life had taught me to protect and defend.
No one would hurt you, if I did not share.
So tight I would resist another’s care.
Then he came, my father and friend
And showed me so gently you are worth more than this, to him.
Gently he waited and proved himself safe
Until cautiously I let him carry you
His hands tender, full of grace.
Later, opening wide the door, to him I invited
Showed him around this home we painstakingly crafted
With joy he took it in, even the cellar with it’s boxes;
the dark spaces that held fears, doubts and hidden losses.
Together we lifted those boxes from their darkness,
opened the lids, and dealt with the contents.
Perhaps there will always be some boxes in you somewhere
but no longer hidden, the light expels all fear.
Now we hang out in your garden, my heart.
Tending and keeping and enjoying each part.
He does not seem to see the mess, but smiles
At all your growth, potential, beauty wild.
So today and forever I vow to stay
outstretched, door flung wide, cultivating each day.
I choose to tend to you, to give you room to grow,
never to lock down or withhold you
But let your beauty show.
I’m excited for our future, to one day give you to another
But always I offer you wholeheartedly to my brother,
My beautiful friend, defender and keeper.
He knows you so well and cherishes you deeper.
In his eyes I see the reason why
Why vulnerability is not weakness
Love is not shy
He lived openhearted, loved with passion, no holding back.
You are worth his life, his all, no lack.