The Departing Child
You stole the sunlight from the dawn The jewels from the morning dew The diamonds from the bitter frost You took away with you. You stole the freshness from the breeze The silver whisper from the stream, The breath was silent in the leaves You melted on a parting dream. You came without a name or care, You stole the hearts where you belong. We hardly knew that you were there Till we awoke and you were gone. The nest was left with feathered down Where birds took flight and wheeled the sky The faltered wings grew firm and strong Where far away they learned to fly.