ADVICE TO THE DAUGHTER I WISH I’D HAD
Live your life expectantly
each day a Cracker Jack surprise.
Treasure all the smallest joys
—anticipate your prize.
Live life joyously.
Don’t let people know
what they should expect of you.
Hens also need to crow.
Sometimes swim against the tide,
don’t travel with the herd
nor neglect your darkest corners
but go free and easy, like a bird.
Never step on another’s spirit
nor let anyone step on yours.
Be free and giving, gentle and loving.
Keep your center in reserve.
Don’t wear blinders, yet find some good
in everything you do.
If I could order the best of life,
this is what I’d want for you.