To: Abe, Dylan, Jesse, & Emma-Rose
Re: 2016 Happy Birthdays
It is always difficult for me to celebrate any of my children’s birthdays
Without thinking of all of them as a new year begins.
Decisions made in justice
Will have no remorse.
(Regardless of the adversary
Who, is wounded in truth,
That is slain without soul,
Bleeding in falsehood),
Continue to breathe the fresh air!
The invisible sword
Of all these things:
And decisions measured without harm
Pass silently to the other shore
Of peace and joy;
Destined to be passed on
To your heirs.