To my parents, on their Adventure Day. Happy Moving. The world is lucky to have you.
Mirroring the Great Palm,
you joined yours to make a home
way back when.
At times you grabbed on firmly
to protect us from harm
and then you let so loose again
to let the sunshine in,
so we could dance in the rain.
And alwaysalways, you were our living home,
never merely the bricks.
And when our adventure days came,
you set us free
to let us fly high above the clouds,
that new hands would catch us.
And now that you are taking off, too,
to fly high above the clouds
on to new adventures,
I, too, trust that there’ll be hands
to catch you when you fall,
to hold your hand when you’re afraid,
to clap with and applaud for you,
to raise you up again on the next day.
there’ll be the Great Palm
that’s always open,
always beneath and above us,
always gently blowing us a kiss
into the warm summer breeze.