Tuesday, April 2, 2019

coming into herself

Rachel is 14

my granddaughters are coming fully into themselves,
now each is at the age I teach,
they are within the developmental range
within which I know 
many of the right currents and also the hidden shoals

tonight the young adult of 14 visits with me,
and I am struck by how well she moves
within the troubled waters of adolescence,

opening herself more to the empowering of possibility
than to the short-circuiting of anxious fear,

our society needs the power within such young
to release itself and help lead us away from the darknesses
the adults’ lack of courage and vision have visited upon us.

by Henry H. Walker
April 2, ‘19

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