The ebbing and flowing of the tide The coming and going of the time The rising and setting of the sun All these, in Love, you shall find The brightness and darkness of the sky The lightness and heaviness of a sigh The happiness and sadness of a child These too, in Love, you shall find So... Know how to trust Know how to forgive Know how to understand Know how to give Know how to be selfless Know how to be mild Know how to be patient Know how to be kind Know all these, and Love, you shall find ~ 2001
Why can’t I remember the way you smelled
the way you felt, the things you said
the day that grandpa died
When you held me to you
The only hug I can salvage from my past?
Why can’t I remember what you said the first day of kindergarten
When I slapped the teacher’s face
and squirmed out of her arms
Like a bar of wailing, wet soap slipping down the street ?
Why don’t I know how you felt those many years I left you longing for your son
In the silent house, that empty room,
With your restless maternal hands
Grasping at the ghosts in my room?
Why can’t I remember what you said that final Sunday
When your voice scratched across the miles
A phone line heavy with forgotten words
In a moment that will never be again?
Why can’t I remember?
Laugh a little
It’s all it takes
To wake the happiness
Sleeping in your soul
Cry a little
To spill a few tears
And make some room
For sweeter thoughts
Love a little
To open the door
And show the world
Your beautiful heart
The part where my heart is breaking
Is the part I can’t endure
I give up on this broken love
I want to stop the pain
There is no happy ever after
Just memories of what could’ve been
Because the future isn’t meant
For the two of us to share
To the sweet or bitter end