Delight was breakfast with a glass of wine
Jumping here and there, laughter everywhere
Humour sprang through the rooms endlessly
And no day saved a moment without mirth.
Brothers had your back in the neighbourhood
Their arms around your shoulders kept predators away
They whispered strong assurances to your tiny ear
And their gallantry was sufficient security.
Sisters taught you the way women walked
Shoulders high, head levelled, curves twisted
With smiling eyes and soothing lips
That were gracious to strangers and guardians alike.
Without fear or anxiety for the morrow
Blood took the strides to adulthood with you
Not leaving you to grow up in the dens of scoundrels
But looking out for you in the sun or after dark.