We are tightly wound together
Bound forever by the heart.
How much you need me
And don’t realize
How much I have left to teach you.
You want to run,
But haven’t even learned
How to roll over onto your tummy yet.
You aren’t strong enough
To hold your up.
But you think you’ve seen it all.
You don’t understand
The process of letting go.
You still want to run beyond the gate,
While still clinging to the edge of my apron.
You think the world
Is a glistening marble.
Even thought I’ve tried to tell you
It’s nothing more than jagged rocks
And rough waters.
You want to jump into the deep end of the pool
But think you’re drowning,
When standing in ankle deep water.
You’re a baby in an adult’s body
Demanding that I let you be you,
While you are led astray
By every gentle breeze,
Or seduced by every turn of phrase.
You don’t believe that I once stood
Where you are standing now,
Ready to take on the world
And not even knowing how to spell the word.
But this is life.
Neither one of us knows how live
Something we’ve never done before.
We muddle through it the best way we know how.
But maybe we can do it without
Ripping each other’s heart out,
If we remember that
We are tightly wound together,
And connected by the heart.