Let me tell you a story about
How good you were, even when it seemed
Your were failing and flailing and could not
See what you put into the world,
How precious and vital you are, how glad
Was I for the fact of your existence
Your beautiful, unique presence
Your glorious, irreplaceable self.
Even when you were wrong
You were so utterly worthy of love.
It was never about what you
Could do for me, never use or utility,
Only the sweet delight of your being
The joy of your perspective, your insight
The way you see the world.
And even on your down days, your dowdy days
I found you remarkable and enchanting
Watched out for you with joy
Felt your friendship as a rich blessing
In my life.
When you were ill, tired, lacklustre
I worried for you, wished to do more
That could ease your load, comfort you.
When you raged, I felt your anger
And wanted to punch through walls to fight
Whatever threatened or horrified you most.
Even though I’m no warrior, no saviour.
When I was lost, you showed me paths.
When my heart broke, you held the pieces
Kept me together when I fell apart
You shared your food with me, your tears
Stories, hopes, fears and passions.
You shared what wisdom life had taught you
Reached out hands to welcome me
Opened your heart, your life, your soul.
You were more amazing than you ever knew
Your generosity humbled me and made me bold
A smile from you enough to transform
A grim day into a hopeful one.
You are a star in my sky
And my sky is bright with starlight.