For Ashley H.
Though she be but little, she is fierce.William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
She commands a ship with one tiny frame, the rutter a finger pointing…
She solicits respect and reverence from peers and elders with a simple “sir” and “ma’am”…
The thick skin of determination built
through tears in times of weakness
did not stop her compassionate heart.
Generations of Celtic pride
and roots burrowed deep in Southern soil
can only describe her
they can’t define her.
She is beauty that doesn’t know it:
but the pride of those that love her.
She is elegant and graceful
in a hoodie on the South side of town.
She doesn’t reserve her strength
for the glitz of a ballroom.
The road rises to meet her
Her burdens, now, are light
Favor opens doors before her
And all her futures are bright.