I asked my son, “why are you crying.”
“I am finally in love,” he said.
And I knew it hurt, that forever
awkward landing, just to rise,
so as to breathlessly fall eternal.
No longer in love with me, for
that must pass, but with the body
of his future, novel and bright
as the reveille of himself.
I am not strong. I turned away
as my limbs quaked, poisoned by that
curious concoction all parents
must drink if we wish to free
the future from our briny net.
One part pride, one part fear,
finished with a spit of envy,
guzzled down with rueful surrender,
no longer the center of the fire’s dance.