A Flash of Happiness


A kid made to feel wanted

it was always like that with you

you made me feel special

I loved you for that.


You’d joke that I ate too much

“I’ll put a rubber band around your neck,”

then you’d smile and take me for ice cream

off we’d go, upstream.


There’d be stories of Egypt

and tales of stowaways

stories of men covered in grease

and of sailors who didn’t make it.


You taught me which way is port

and how to find the north star

you said the swell could be my friend

or my worst enemy.


You told me life is like a boat

it rises and falls with the tide

with a good captain and a strong motor

I could go anywhere.


you stepped aside.


With nervous fingers

I took the wheel, a deep breath

and headed, upstream.


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About Matthew Schroder

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