Written By Santiana Jean-Baptiste (2017)
Have you ever seen a bird smile?
Have you ever seen a butterfly cry?
I've been thinking of you
I tried calling you
There was no answer
So I decided to write
In space, through the airwaves, on the internet;
Hopefully this time you'll know where I'm at...
Like a Butterfly
The last time I saw you, you had a severe stroke
We didn't say much, but your soul through the windows of your eyes spoke
As it cut through my soul,
I felt it
I saw you cry
My eyes stayed dry
The sorrow is still so hard to deny
As you laid on the hospital bed
I stood there gazing
A mirror of your reality reflected the state of my Christianity,
I felt your paralysis.
You saw my anguish.
So, I stood helpless
Barely able to hold my own
Like a quetzal, my feet were weak
From all life handed me
Without you, my future seemed so bleak.
Yet through the turmoil, I smiled.
I'm here to tell you TODAY
I understand the burden of a Father
I know why you couldn't be there
Your Father wasn't there for you too.
You had no teacher
But Jesus knew
His baptism would cover us
Tried and True.
As I overcame the anguish,
As you recovered from your paralysis,
We both needed to rely on the Heavenly Father
To forgive our trespasses.
What was a loyal obligation,
Became a revelation
A Father's love is to forever be cherished
And when others condemn His children,
He will even fight.
His love is not only to be seen, it is to be experienced;
All He creates is Divine.
The universe reveals His abundant masterpiece,
He carefully pondered each detail
And ensured it would be interpreted with human eyes.
Blessed is the daughter who pays attention;
Anointed is the Father who knows where her heart confides.
What more can a daughter ask for than a Father's love?
Whether biological or spiritual
To adorn the gift is to understand the gifter;
To follow the dream is to know the dreamer.
What is now our relationship?
It’s in the serenity of a bird's smile
It's in the mystery of a Butterfly who seldom cries.
To all who were meant to be Fathers but were not Fathered
To all the fatherless sons and daughters
Let our voices forever praise
Our Father, which art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name!