Maia

for her 21st birthday

That you may be
so simply free
in a strong beauty, while you sing and live,
that others too may see
the natural pride, lovely derivative
of a true life, that draws out its own line
painting and singing fine
but more in being fine,
that all who ever hear you may rejoice
at the magic of your voice
and hear it singing them
through all the flashing brilliance of a gem
into a glad calm, when the heart’s storm’s over,
that all who are ever near you may discover
what you indeed are,
the heart and mind so inter-sensitive,
the inner outwardness a burning star,
and that you may
be held in honour, as you are today –
dare to receive, for good, on your birthday
all hope that love can give.

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