But we can

We can’t carry the weight of the world,

but we can carry them beneath our heart, 

and in our arms, back and forth.

A welcomed weight,

a tireless love.

We can’t give them all their dreams,

but we can be the keepers, the believers, 

the voice that whispers, 

‘you can’, ‘you will’. 

We can’t stop the hurricane inside,

their tiny rage, big enough to swallow us whole.

But we can sigh, 

and cry, and throw an umbrella across both oceans.

We can’t fit back the pieces, 

as they were before.

But we can build bridges after.

We can grow from the cracks,

the ones we thought might break us.

We can’t go back to yesterday,

but we can breathe in today,

and meet ourselves again,

in the centre of each season.

The old and new.

We can’t fit into boxes,

too small to speak our truth.

But we can learn the things,

we always knew.

Our babies’ cries can shatter its walls.

We can trace our own edges,

write our own stories.

We can’t always escape the darkness,

but we can sit next to its shadow of yesterday.

We can look into its eyes,

where we find our strength,

and our weakness.

We can’t always make their pain go away,

even when it becomes our own.

But we can be their comfort, 

our skin, our presence.

We can say “I’m here, I’m here” and stay.

We can’t do everything,

but we can be everything.

We can be theirs,

and that is enough.

Author: Jess Urlichs

Jess is a writer, mother of 2, and lover of 90’s hip hop. You can find her on Instagram here.

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