I couldn’t find anyone suitable
To raise you
With your wild spirit
And propensity to find justice
In unreasonable circumstances.
So I gave you a nurse to hold you
To tell you what beautiful eyes you have
How unlucky you were to be born by her
And my apology for not finding you suitable parents.
Then I gave to you Sarah
That loved you from the instant you were born
Until the moment of her death.
A father so confused
That he gave you away
To save his marriage
You were not the lesson in that
It was his lesson.
A test for your mother
Whether alcohol or her child
As you know
She failed that one.
I put into your life true friendships;
People that loved you with the ferocity you require
The loyalty you admire
And all the honest intention I could muster.
Men to teach you lessons
Like that last one
Boy did you walk away from that one
Ten years wiser.
Put a storm within you
That nobody could tame
Intelligence to match wits with the best of them
And a sense of humor that is required in life.
Gave you the best books in the world
With a learning disorder
So you know that nothing is handed to anyone
Without a twist.
I give everyone some reasons
Some I give some hard lessons
But what you do with them
Is completely up to you.
Remember as you love this one
She’s been through a lot in life
I couldn’t find her a perfect home
So I am entrusting you
To show her
The storm within her