All, Most Wonderful

I learned

from — Her mistakes

triumphs

conversations — Her celebrations

To color between the lines I learned

to doodle in the margins

Contradictions

were teachings — hiding

the white lie gave me integrity

I taught her

Patience — tried and rueful

perseverance

tolerance — independence by proximity

The measure of my failures

greeted with hard won joy

We walk together

Now through death

through dreams — forest silent

Through the fire

gracefully