let go

I promise I won’t drown

I learned how to kick my feet a long time ago and I can keep my own head

above the surface

loosen your grip

it has always been strong and comforting but in these shadow days

I need to grasp tomorrow’s sun even if

it singes my fingers

hush, you don’t need to speak

I still hold the wisdom you wrapped around me like a warm towel

straight from the dryer

but now I take it with a little more care,

feeling the holes worn into it

knowing you are human

let go, please

this isn’t goodbye forever and home is never

so far away that I can’t

return

you did your best teaching me, father

now it’s my time to learn

the new path that lies

before me

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