Saturday, April 11, 2015

on the cusp

Izzy, approaching 7

a coin flips
and Izzy comes up ebullient
or in despair,
there’s a joyous self-possession and confidence
that draws you to her in delight,

yet at the next moment
sorrow grabs her
when the world, 
mostly likely her sister,
thwarts her easy will,

her reading skills, her people skills,
the trueness to her gifts,
seem sure to us to keep her 
on the happy side of the cusp,

but true to all of us
she does the best she can
while fighting internal battles
no one else can really know,

all of us dance to our emotions,
and we can lay a heavy burden on another
when we deny the reality of the battle
she must be fighting.

by Henry H. Walker
April 5, ’15

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