It Is You and I Against the World

It’s you and I

Against the world, he says

Teasing me

With a teddy bear

And a bedtime story

 

I ask him, daddy

Will you ever leave me?

He shakes his head, firmly

Assuring me

 

He

Silently, envisioning, his baby girl

His daughter

All grown up, a gladiator

Winning every battle, gloriously

Or a mountaineer

Surmounting Mount Everest, adamantly

 

He won’t shed a tear

He swears

On the day he leaves

 

He thinks he’s not meant for here

And maybe it’s just destiny

There are things he should achieve

And his little gladiator, proud mountaineer

Will not dread his departure, he believes

 

So he swears to not shed a tear

On the day he leaves

his little gladiator will forgive

because she has a heart with heat

that can melt any glacier

 

he’s coming back today

I still remember

The day he left

How could I ever forget

 

he’s coming back today

I know, he and I

Are no longer

Against the world together

 

I am his daughter

His imaginary, little gladiator, proud mountaineer

Who he believes

Can battle dragon

Conquer mother nature

And has no fear

 

he’s coming back today

greeting the broken pieces on the doorway

I wish I could tell him that

I am neither, father

I am not your gladiator, your mountaineer

 

And I swear my tears won’t disobey

Inside of my body they shall stay

Until the last day of his departure, once again

 

I will be his gladiator, his warrior

his mountaineer, his defender

Until the last day of his departure, once again

 

I am sorry

that in reality

I cannot exceed his expectations of me

I wish I could tell him why

I have the wings but don’t dare to fly

I wish I could explain why

It is love that I choose to defy

 

he’s coming back today

picking up the broken pieces on the doorway

 

she wishes her wings to be strong enough

to fly far and high away

so she can look away

leaving all the tears to yesterday

 

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