For A Daughter

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(Listen below)

Beloved, do you remember

the green light at the end

of the Block Island jetty?

I was there today

and I saw you

as when you were six years old,

bounding over the huge stones,

joyfully determined

to reach the light  on your own.

You let me trail behind you then,

but would accept no help.

When I caught up with you at the end,

I saw the private gleam

of triumph in your eyes.

On the way back, we sang.

Dear, independent, determined one,

let me trail behind you still.

Could you use a song?

© Edward R. Dufresne 2006

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