and wondered why you're here?
I wish I knew. But this little girl is my tether today.
A teacher wrapped up in a four-year-old's body.
And she's pulling me through.
As for our troubles, let's just let them float away,
like party balloons set free,
no longer weighted down by sadness.
We don't need to anchor our fear anymore.
Let the sky claim all our anxieties.
Let the sun's rays calm our souls.
Because you and me,
we don't always have to be waiting
for the next axe to fall.
Hurt will happen, but we can still find pockets
of beauty and whimsy in this treasure hunt of life,
if we look closely.
We need to shed our shells and masks
and stop fighting ourselves.
We come from star-stuff, my supernova,
and we are good enough to be here and take up space,
just as we are.
So let's forget about our power struggles over breakfast,
and eat more rainbow ice cream instead.
Let's stop worrying about everything we cannot control
inside and out there, and just take solace
in colouring a beautiful picture together.
We can navigate the blues
with pinks and yellows and purples,
The strands of our hearts have been braided together
and intertwined with unconditional love since
well before you took residence in my womb.
Butting heads on a daily basis won't break our bond.
Either will me taking to my bed.
The pain is not permanent, little one, for either of us.
Soon I will let mine go, just like those colourful birthday balloons
that slip out of our fingers when we're not looking,
and move quickly and quietly into the sky.