For my wife and child xo
If I could, I’d give you the moon.
I’d tuck it in your pocket, for when you need it most.
So that if you hear an owl hooting,
you’ll know why.
If I could I’d give you the sky, its freedom,
every fable it holds.
I’d give you mighty storms,
so you might know all weather is good weather.
I’d give you the outdoors.
I’d give you how it feels to simply be walking by your side.
If I could, I wouldn’t age,
or I’d leave a part of me behind,
so I could watch you revel in the arc of life.
See the ripples you made.
I’d give you every story yet told.
every fairy, giant, troll.
Those who say it’s all been said before are fools.
Of course it hasn’t.
Not in general,
not by you, your mum or I.
If I could, I’d forever be your shield.
I’d give you my strength, every bit of it,
for each time you fall.
I’d give you all I’ve seen,
so you might use whatever bits you chose,
as a push start,
to explore even more.
Sometimes, I watch your eyes,
just watch them watching it all,
and know you’ve already started to explore.
Oh, you will explore!
One day I’ll plant a forest around where we’ll live,
in the bush somewhere,
and watch you and it grow in time.
If I could, I’d give you every tear I ever cried.
So you’ll learn from my mistakes,
when to let go,
how to build fortresses,
So you know the love I felt
when you were born.
If I could I’d give you the smallest piece of my loneliness.
So you might brace for its days of power.
If I could I’d give you constant happiness!
The feeling when your mum and I hear you make the smallest sounds.
mumble to yourself,
The way, when you’re sleep, we listen to you breath.
These things you can’t own.
Oh, within this love!
I’d give you every
you’ll ever need.
Even though it will never be enough.
You have to do so much for yourself.
Learn, fall, succeed, roam.
If I could, I’d give you the world…
but it’s already yours.
(A brief announcement tomorrow. Love to all. xo)