Sunday, June 29, 2014

Graduation Day

For Kayla


You stand out
amongst the crowd 
leaving childhood behind
    

to venture into the future
seeking the freedom of new
worlds.

 As I remember all the years-


Holding your hand
as we walked together
down the hall to your first
day of kindergarten, reluctantly
I let you go.

Visiting you at lunch
lonely for each other,
looking forward to Halloween
shedding formality for memories.

SPARC Park-
learning to swim,
always wanting to venture further-
reluctantly, I let you go.

Hearing you sing
to KT Tunstall
on the way to school
the beauty of your voice
filling me.

Fifth Grade Graduation-
as we blew bubbles
saying goodbye as you rode off
to another new beginning.

Seeing you grow
on stage, a favorite place
from “Character Matters”
to “The Tempest”.

The magic of you
lingers , all the things which
made up a life I will always treasure-
From Build a Bear, Webkins, Peter Rabbit
Polly Pocket to discovering the Beatles,
renewing my love for them.

Lana Del Rey lulling us into
far off places as we eagerly
anticipated seeing your sisters .

You have given me more than I
could ever have hoped for, filled
my days with wonder and beauty.

On this day, when you say goodbye
to childhood, reluctantly I let you go
hoping you will always find solace
in the memories as I do.





11 comments:

  1. Bitter-Sweet piece... I went with you through time and experienced my children, seeing you ahead of me in the hall.
    ZQ

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  2. oh what a hard time...that letting go...letting them now go and make their own memories...some with you but many without...make their own decisions...i feel for you today...it takes faith...ha

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  3. So poignant and heartfelt. She sounds like a wonderful girl! Hard to watch them spread their wings - but you will bask in the glow of her radiance just as you did when she was on stage!

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  4. Oh this made my heart sing so all the times you have shared--and made me cry for the pain of the loss you bear---beautifully said Lisa!

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  5. very touching, love the connection you speak of, its beautiful.

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  6. I hear your mother's heart very clearly ~ You know when we let them go, they always come back to us, smiles ~

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  7. To see a child growing up.. Love the inclusion of music to mark the growing.. And as long as they walk the right way.. They'll be with you.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your life with us here. Wonderful - and liked the repetition of "reluctantly…"

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  9. This is so touching and beautiful Lisa outstanding

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