fifteen years ago

fifteen years ago
i held you
for the first time
after months
of singing the alphabet
telling you
i love you
promising
to always be there
that moment
of clutching you
close
to my chest
changed me
to my very core
i had floated along
aimlessly
for so long
no place
that seemed to fit
but in that second
i knew
what i was
supposed to do

now look at you
no longer
my little one
but tall
fierce
beautiful
and brilliant
yet still
my little princess
even with the attitude
that comes
with being a teen
my darling daughter
you are
a glorious light
in the dark
of the world
and i
am the luckiest man
because i get to be
your father

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