Child by Aiya

If I ever forget

I want you to remember for me

how you caused joy

were anticipated

celebrated

years before you were born


If I ever forget

the day you first smiled at us

remember that your tiny hands were

more precious than the sunrise

your smile became the moon

playing hide and seek


If I ever forget

the first time you cried

because you understood feelings

remember for me

that I have never faced a day with more anxiety


If I ever forget

the silly names your siblings suggested

most more suitable for pets

remember how their love and joy made me laugh

because their hearts were overflowing


If I ever forget

the first time we held you

remember then

that I felt

my life’s purpose complete


If I ever forget

remind me

to look under the bed

at the time capsule of your childhood


pull out the art

fingerpaint

stories

and show me all

the wonder and beauty

you discovered or created

whether or not I was watching


If I ever forget

remind me of your first steps

your toddles, bounds, and leaps

as your body and mind gained speed

and ran off

excited, thrilled

to places I couldn’t be


If I ever forget

remind me

that I have souls

pure joy

beside me