i hope you grow strong

and free

with or without me

i want you to laugh often

and long

stretch supple branches

to a blue and breezy sky

i hope you live in a grove

of other happy trees

in a forest peaceful

deep

and green

i want fresh, cool water

to reach your roots

and rich, warm dirt

to help your trunk stand firm

i can’t help but want

to grow there too

reaching for the stars

alongside you

passing quiet chatter

and caressing words

through sun-dappled afternoons

and vibrant dawns

yet i’ll love you long

praying for a string

of happy tomorrows

no matter how far

you are