A great gift came to me
wrapped in loss, in grief, in uncertainty.
It was pure and bright;
breathtaking, heroic and true,
yet when all day long
I dared take a peek
I saw the wrapping negate its brilliance,
leave me with a tortured longing
that was larger than my life.
Today I behold this phenomenal gift,
thunderous of power, yet gentle as a flower,
I’ve waited a lifetime
for it to warm and illumine me,
bring me comfort when I’m cold.
Beautiful wonder of life,
this is what I see.
Gwendalyn Gilliam, Incline Village, March 2, 2011