she wakes
not entirely welcoming her long life
managing through the tedious days
not advocating movement
yet refusing to die
and unwilling to live

she wakes
joyful of her slow moving parts
each day, an experience to be relished
zest and nectar swallowed
refusing to die
and unwilling to desist

she wakes
exhausted from her 1 am outing
anxious and thrilled
riding youth’s learning curve
refusing to slack
and unwilling to fail

she wakes
fierce observer of love
rallying the weak
cheering the intrepid
guiding the pliable
unwilling to rest

they sleep
she waves wishes and dreams their way
hopes and prayers each night
floating above
every woman’s existence

their journey of choices

beneath her daughter’s pillow, like a fairy’s quarter
she chooses
to hide every chance
she never took…

Caroline Hands Crossed

Caroline Hands Crossed

my beautiful daughter is graduating high school this evening
as I watch her and the older folks very close to me move about their lives
I realize how many choices continue to present themselves each day
the choice to push your body when it’s in pain
the choice to give in and give up
the choice to have a new, fabulous life
the choice to realize you can’t help those unwilling to help themselves

I wish for my daughter all the wonderment of life
may she be happy, may she never fear this world

and congratulations to all whose children are graduating
thank you


13 thoughts on “choices

  1. Congratulations to the graduate, Caroline.
    Congratulations to her parents, AnnMarie & Keith.
    Wishing you a wonderful celebration
    on this special day. 🙂


  2. Oh AnnMarie — this is absolutely beautiful! I love the repetition — and then the change in the last two stanzas. I was immersed in your words. And the last stanza has brought tears to my eyes. Do me a favor dear friend. Print this poem, and tuck it away somewhere — where you will take it out five years, ten years from now…as your daughter moves into new eras within her lifetime. This poem will mean more and more to you through the years. Absolutely beautiful. And congratulations to your daughter — and to you and your husband. A beautiful young woman — roots and wings. 🙂

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