you were not afraid to share your dreams
to show us how to be born from the dirt
and grow tall, stretching always towards the light.
you were the sister who told her truth
leaned on oaks and let the wind carry you.
i have reveled through your words
always holding them as gospel truths
and you have never swayed me in the wrong direction.
i am wiser because of you and through you-
i learned how to let the caged bird sing.