To Love You More Than Lilacs

I love you more than lilacs

despite the purple flower petals

you’ve branded to my skin

because you don’t know how not to hit and squirm

Brown and Blue tender petals on my stomach and

arms and hands that wince to the touch

but they bloom not out of hate

your laughter pierces my ears

decibels of pain as

spasms contort your


body, but you point at the flowers all the same

with those chubby fingers

your wheelchair is irrelevant

for in it you sit like a humbled queen

but a queen nonetheless

someday I dream that your lavender dress will spin around you

in the meadow you can only look at now

with ivory button eyes

I have dreams for my little girl

with a bloated stomach

instead of the gift of speech

dreams that she’ll Soar

and she will

for now I want her to know that I love her

more than the lilacs she’ll never be able to pick.

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