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One Day

One Day

written by: Heidi Baker



One day I’ll remember something
I forgot before I knew it was gone,
a way of braiding wishes into hopes,
as children do.

She’ll stretch up out of a deep slumber,
blink at me and yawn,
vaguely aware I haven’t room
for her any longer.

I’ll want to make room, open my arms,
carry her hopeful innocence
back into my bones,
turn back time, and before my mom gets sick,
freeze the world.

We’d all hold our billions of poses forever
and never would I know the depth of sorrow
I have lived since my mother’s passing.

Nor would I unearth the breadth
of joy gifted in quiet surrender,
or walk through the garden born in its soil.

When one day comes, and I stand
before childish longing
with her wide-eyed trust,
I’ll let her know, her work here is done.

I’ve found another way.
Hope forms, too, of rising through grief,
each moment holy ground.

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker is a second-generation poet and story teller whose writing reflects inner landscapes shaped by journeys of miles and other measures: from Illinois to Arizona, work to home, childhood to adulthood to parenthood. Gentle, imaginative, full of honesty and wonder, her clear writing captures the sacredness of everyday moments. In addition to her growing body of published works, Heidi creates space for other writers, youth and adult, through facilitation of workshops and groups.
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