I Have Become The Shield

To the child

Who feared to speak

I will now shout.

To the child

Who feared to try

I try try and try again.

To the child

Who felt so unbrave

I applaud your courage to exist-

And grow!!

To the child

Who hid from life

I have found it and rejoice in it!

To the child

 Who did not know what to do

I have learned to search and ask until I know.

To the child

Who did not believe in self

I have discovered value, worth, and power.

To the uncertain child

I have learned that there is no shame in uncertainty, in faltering, or in falling.

So I learned to continue on.

To the child who was-

Part of you still remains

And

I thank you

For all that you brought me through.

All that you brought me to.

I will shield you.

Forever .

I do not hide behind a shield in fear-

I stand before my fears holding a shield of courage.

***

colleen