Expect to stumble 
prepare to fall
plan your retreat
and never expect
to triumph quickly
Those things worth
never come easy
Imagine a tree
just standing there
against the wind
isn’t ever enough
it should be
but it’s not
it’s got to
sprout and shed
spread and share
never knowing where
Just like smiles
Smile at someone
see it root
and then blossom
into a tree
of its own


I don’t understand how 
or really even why
you fall asleep quickly
while I lay awake
wondering and listening why
why me when there’s
so many others around
why you seek refuge
in the tall grass
of my bed why
you huddle and cuddle
safe and warmly secure
and what if anything
I provide and promise
that night after night
lulls you into sleep
such a deep sleep
that you disappear there
though in my arms
rest now weary soldier
for tomorrow will be
yet another campaign for
you to triumphantly win