The day finally came

when his bones were long enough

and the weather cool enough

for him to wear

a sweater my sister gave him.

And I might get teary-eyed trying to explain

why watching him walk around in it

makes home feel a little nearer

and at the same time far away.

I think of days I long for

days my heart sings strong for

while wanting still to live here and now

thankful for today.