* For Patti on your Birthday
The wheel of the year
has made another complete cycle.
You sit, looking at everything you have done,
going within to look at memories,
flipping through them like photos,
snapshots of moments that made up this year.
These memory photos show the love
that you gave to others you didn’t even know,
wanting to make the world a better place.
The snapshots show moments of joy,
your mouth caught in the curve of laughter,
the sound that you made still audible
when you hold the photo.
The pictures show moments of perseverance,
as you overcame that which you thought impossible,
but conquered the obstacles with strength,
your visage a mask of determination.
All together, these pieces of memory
show a woman who possesses
so much more than all these photos.
You are a woman who brings joy
to so many others with little thought of yourself
and you make the world shine.
You fill the world with kindness
that can only be repaid with the stars themselves.
When I look through my own memory photos of you,
I see a woman who has changed the lives
of so many others, including myself.
Today, as your wheel of the year
makes another turn and the cycle is ready
to begin once more,
I wanted you to know that you are loved
and if I could, I would give you the stars,
but they would pale in comparison
to your brilliance.