how do you explain
what is beyond words?
something that grounds more than roots
and nurtures more than flowing water
encourages more than summer sunshine
supports steadier than sailing on wind
matters more than air in lungs
is more necessary than safe embraces?
how do you ever begin to express
what is beyond your own comprehension
better than any wish imagined to a genie,
more anchoring than steel or silver?
the answer is the impossible blessing
of trying to give you my words
in exchange for all you have given to me.