One Million Years Ago Yesterday
A big girl now she recalls the first dress
purchased with money of babies sat
perfect for endless summers with boys
bare feet on sands so hot she cried.
Always willing arms protected her
when rains fell heavy onto the shore
lightning struck wild waves on the horizon
she begged for another day to come so bright.
Little stars crowd her memories as they fall
innumerable from distant worlds
she cannot assemble the fragments
of moments lost in a shapeless cosmos.
The large mirror tells a precious tale
as she stands in earnest by a jealous star
so little seems different for the aging child
woman of centuries and universal truths.
I give you the weakness of my skin
so you can press your finger upon my soul
leave traces of your prints on my thoughts.
I submit to you the tenderness of my heart
so you may handle it with your care
its beats at the mercy of your will.
I surrender all that might be strength in your palms
so you may weigh its authentic measure
and smile when you understand its truth.
It is my gift to you in earnest
so you will embrace this offering
and hold it into your breast forevermore.