#1: SONG FOR A SCION
I watch you feel your way
In the dark of your pain
A young tree
Already gnarled and twisted
From elements and harsh weather
Branches straining towards sun
Tiny leaf shoots struggling to bloom.
This too is a kind of courage:
To keep fighting despite the odds -
A pale green thread
Running through your sap’s lifeblood.
I hold my will in my hands
Like a talisman, a warm stone
Burying it in the soil of your uncertainty
Hoping with a reckless desperation
That your roots will wrap around it –
An anchor for the incoming storm.