* This is my first Pay It Forward offering of 2019. It is a poem written for Rhonda Prasad.
There is a grace about you.
It fills up the room
and everyone is bathed
in a soft, pulsing glow
It’s as if you have called the very stars
to light you on your path forward.
When your laughter breaks free,
the stars begin to sing
and their soft pulse
keeps time with your heartbeat.
You reach out to touch them,
to run your fingers through them,
as if they are water.
You don’t just direct yourself
from one place to the next; instead,
you carry the power of fire within you.
As you walk, the stars watch,
following every movement.
Even the stars are awed by you
as you don’t just move;
you dance upon the stars.
You are the vibrant expression
of a mind and spirit that
is filled to the brim with joy.
Every time I see you,
it takes me a moment to realize
that the stars don’t merely come from you,
manifested by the sound of your laughter.
It is more that you are made
from the stars themselves
and you leave a trail of stardust
everywhere you go.