I never ever saw you – never looked
with wonder on your face; felt
your fingers tightly curl around mine,
nor rocked you to sleep with prayers
that God would keep you safe...
no matter what, no matter when.
I like to think, though, that I met you
in that peerless moment, on the road
leads from this world to the next;
your joyous ‘hello’ – my sad farewell;
your tears, soft on my cheek, but know
this... that once, I breathed your name.