Sadness in Joy and Joy in Sadness

There is nothing
in this world
lovelier and lonelier
than seeing your friends
become parents

Knowing, with a bone deep knowledge
that your journeys together
from here on out
will only grow
in distance.

Dearest child,
I wish you only the best
and I know
that you will grow
to be as beautiful
strong
tremendous
and brave
as the people who made you.

But for today,
allow an aging girl
her sadness
that you are a reminder

for how things have changed
and will only change
in a fashion that grows
up, as you grow
and I fall

further from their lives
without Sunday beers
and girl talks
in the bathroom
with cigarettes.

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