Whether by fate or another’s choice
Abandonment became your heritage
Navigating a lifetime of “whys?”
You carefully plotted your course without a safety net
A survivor’s do-or-die mentality
Primal determination shrouded deep voids
Stoic courage and steadfast optimism
Made it difficult to fathom the magnitude of your plight
You juggled stars others couldn’t even spy
When I met you
Weariness tempered your smile
Doubt swam in vulnerable eyes
What if I let you down like so many before?
Was my heart big enough?
Would I prove worthy of your fragile trust?
Did I dare find out?
Because even in your bleakest hour
Your vibrant soul shines a beacon of optimism in adversity’s face
Betrayed by those who should have cared
You soldier ahead each time
You planted trust’s seed and nurtured our blossoming love with such spirited tenacity
Gratitude floods my veins daily
So when your flesh and blood jams his foot through that door
The one you’re too gracious to close
Kicking you swiftly in the gut — yet again
My heart rages
Fists clenched in your defense
Frustrated tears turning to sobs
I can’t spare you from the torment
But with every cell I possess
I can stand by you
And it is here