Fear grips my heart
when your dimpled knuckles
grip the window bars;
you are taking a glance at
the wonders outside.
And darling, that's the first step -
let me hold you for now
while you pull yourself up
to your tiny-toed feet,
for, once you step out,
there's no coming back.
Life runs forward, so will you;
that's what I want for you,
a fearless proceeding.
And yet, here I am, nervously
watching you try against gravity.
Here I am, cherishing the moment
you discovered raindrops
from nowhere, rippling puddles.
Here, I stay still, while your eyes
wander in endless wonder,
seeking passions beyond my arms.
But a nest is a nest, always;
a promise always a promise...
Home is where you would curl up
when the world hurts you;
yes, that's inevitable, but fret not -
here, I am yet again, arms open...
I am the oasis you'll always find
in the endless deserts of life.
© Sana Rose 2020
Written on May 26th, 2015, in my collection ‘Songs of Motherhood’.
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Sana Rose is an award-nominated novelist, poet, physician, counseling professional, freelance writer and mom. She is based out of Kerala, India. Her debut women’s fiction novel Sandcastles was shortlisted for ARL Literary Awards 2018 for Best Author soon after publication.