Wednesday, June 29, 2011

~ As I Watched You Go ~

      I see your eyes,

      one final glance as you look back at me,
      and we both know it is time.
      Although I swore
      I would never have to let you go
      It's a promise I cannot keep.

      I need to live
      and you need to grow.

      My heart folds back onto itself
      And I just bend my knees and lower my center
      To withstand the buffet of the winds
      That will blow by me,
      and through me
      Without you standing there to shelter me.

      The tether is cut,
      and you are free to fly
      and I lose an anchor,
      and my cheeks burn,
      from the icy wind
      and the few tears that sneak past the wall
      That I am leaning on
      so that I can stand
      and watch you go.

      And someday soon I think
      I will find a haven
      Where I can cry the tears
      And let the salt water cleanse the wounds
      So they can begin to heal
      But now is not the time.

      One hand raised
      I salute you
      With a wave of good-bye
      Wishing you all the blessings of this earth
      And when we meet again
      it won't be the same
      But we will always know

      How much we loved
      and trusted
      and shared
      Victories, losses, adventures
      and just the passage of time.

      Look back no more
      Eyes to the future
      And I will just stand here
      and watch you go.

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