Torch Song for My Daughter
I know you like to wander
Like to play in the sand and feel
I know you like to imagine yourself
A Princess with boots of steel
I know you dream in colors
And wake in the dark with tears
Comfort cannot find you so
Intoxicated by your fears.
I know you like to be at home
And I know you like to be far gone
I know you’re a willow’s breath short of shy
In a shallow field; a spotted fawn
I also know your this way and that
Your come right now and your leave me be
Your floating along the coastline
A petal placed upon the sea.
It’s okay. You can come home.
And leave again when the tide goes out
You know I’m just sitting in my comfy chair
After some time of blowing about…
But I always have a golden piece of you
Hanging outside like a torch
It burns an endless flame for you
To light your way to my porch.
(c) Jo Hannah Afton