Wow, Victoria. I thought how precious and true the first two were and the meanings behind the little one's words. The last stanza blew me away as I nod my head in insight. Wonderful poem!
Yes, Victoria, powerful poem about strong and vulnerable. I remember Ali asking me at what age I finally knew I had it all together, was competent, brave, strong. I was 46, I said, "Not yet." It wasn't the answer she wanted, she said, "Oh no!," with horror in her voice. If we had that conversation again today, I think she'd understand, now.
Thanks Judy and Willow for the comments. I understand and appreciate the story about Ali wanting to know when one was all grown up and strong. Probably the universal answer is "not yet".
I agree there is a similarity in the feelings of a two-year-old and a sixty-year-old. Sometimes one feels the power, sometimes one feels the fear. I love how children verbalize / admit fears though; not as ofte do adults.
Wonderful parallel! Wonderful way to connect.
You really hit the nail on the head with this one, Victoria!