The light on another day
yet I know
The sun will rise tomorrow.
You told me you wished
you could get those days back, somehow.
You enjoyed my precocious youth,
an unexpected surprise for you.
You dressed me in velvet and gold,
and I jumped off the kitchen counter
Into your arms.
You caught me each time, strong and steady.
The world shook, ebbed,
and crested around our
impenetrable fort of love.
Satellites around my father,
I was your grateful moon.
The sun rose and set
every day around us.
You are still so beautiful,
Although thin and frail
as you struggle to untie your sneakers and stay steady
to walk barefoot in the cool sand.
The ocean spray mists your face and a transcendent smile breaks
onto your velvet skin like a ray of subtle sunshine.
Copyright, Maria Castelli, 2017.