And so one day

The pace of life changed

after she left home

and I just had

to get used to it.

It is time for her to fly.

She had many practice attempts,

sometimes needed help

to get up and get on

but was now proficient and ready

to strike out herself

Now in the quiet

I wonder

what life will be like

without her around.

I need to realise

she will always need her dad,

just in a different way

to when she was small.

Douglas Natusch