for Dawn Kamerling
What can I give someone who is so gifted?
Kingdoms are toys to those who wear a crown.
You can make sad-eyed strangers feel uplifted.
You can do anything, except slow down.
For there’s a laughing girl in you who’s fearless
And always puts some other person first.
If it makes your friends happy, she'll be cheerless.
She’ll serve them drinks while she’s dying of thirst.
That wild, free girl who wears you like a dress
Deserves more than to be a castaway—
So I wish her the gift of happiness;
A place of safety, innocence and play;
And no one in the world she has to please
Except a laughing girl who skins her knees.
Copyright 2016 Matthew J Wells