Perhaps the best thing I can do today
is to hold my baby close —
to smile at him, to delight in him —
to show him that today, he is safe and loved.
The world is not safe, of course,
but if, perhaps, he believes it is
during these young years,
if he eases into reality
with a guiding, trustworthy hand,
if he discovers it in pieces
and not all at once,
perhaps he won’t fear it
as I do.