I never said the treetops would be
enough to hide the lost points on your map.
They might just join together long enough
to sing something jaunty for the trip.
I never said that all conversations
would tell you enough to end your doubts.
But they might plant some
new ones that aim for the same end.
I never said you’d always have great birthday
parties with candles enough to roast popcorn.
But, with each new year, another candle brings
you that much closer to salting the world.
I never said the laws of nature would always
accommodate your need to experiment with pride.
But, neither did I say they were obvious enough
not to take you where you most want to go.
I never said the distances were short between
laughter and pain, burden and light.
But there will never be a better time to convince
you of your own staunch goodness.
I never said that you’d find the thing
you’d been looking for.
I prayed you have one more day to meet
your fears in the pursuit.
I never said I wouldn’t disagree.
Just that I’d always engage.
I never said I’d always remember.
Just that I’d regret the forgetting.
I never said you wouldn’t rage against the world.
But it just might hear your voice.
I never said I’d never leave you.
I said you wouldn’t always need me to stay.
I never said I’d never say such things.
For I am you.