This year, I met warmth and strength incarnate. A comet speeding by me, lit up in fire and light, An astral, luminous heroine… a star, and in more ways than one. She is a lioness. There’s no matching her energy and kindness.
I may have fallen in love with the sun, But that doesn’t diminish its radiance. This honesty, this aura of unbridled joy… That is what drew me to you.
So shine on, my dear! Keep laughing in the face of limits and inhibitions. Break out of this dull world, and do it all with a smile, As that is just the way you are.
I went through five different versions of this poem before being fully satisfied. It needed to be as perfect as I could make it. The person it's dedicated to deserves that much. Léa... J'espère qu'il te plaît. C'est ma manière de te remercier pour tout: je t'"immortalise".