The first time I heard you sing,
I could see light moving around you.
It shifted and fluttered
in tune to your voice and,
as the song reached its crescendo,
it erupted in a starburst around you,
as if you had somehow captured the sun
with your voice.
The first time I heard you laugh,
it was as if the sound
were a music I had never heard before.
It filled the room we were in
until it positively shone
with the bright light of joy.
The first time I sat at your table,
surrounded by the people that love you,
I witnessed something akin to magic:
the room was filled with
the same light that surrounded you
when I first heard you sing.
A warmth spread about the room
and I watched the light burst like stars.
As the evening wore on.
I realized something
that I should have noticed before:
the light came from within you,
filling our eyes and hearts with brightness.
You are the embodiment of joy,
of everything marvellous.
You are that brightness.
Even on days that may be filled
with bothersome fog or persistent shadow,
you carry within you the light
that has chased the darkness away
in so many of the lives
that surround you.
You are the sun in our lives,
the music of our souls
and the light in our hearts,
and I am honoured
to know you.