A Child’s Wish

Like the last leaf in winter,

Sometimes I hang on too long.

If it is something good –

A relationship, a place, an experience,

A lipstick color, really great ice cream –

I want it in my life forever.

Afraid to leave behind the good I know,

To allow the change to change me,

I just don’t want to let go.

I don’t think I’m greedy,

I think I just love too tightly.

(When you’ve had things ripped away from you,

Maybe you tend to hold fast and hard.)

I’m working on a lighter grip,

A turning over, a letting go.

“If you love someone, set them free.”

I know you have to make space

For something new to come through.

Yet, still, I love who and what I love.

And in my heart of hearts,

I wish it could last forever.

So like a child, I let go begrudgingly.

I blink back the tears, await what comes next.


Inspired by The Daily Post Daily Word Prompt: leaf