Daughter of two worlds, sister to two brothers
I have come to see the lioness and the lamp in you
And watched how you fight your way through the
Dichotomy of your life, living and learning to love two fathers
Father by blood, father by marriage…
How do you see yourself through their jealous eyes?
Of the four man who love you with fierce faith and pride
Condemned to be defiant to be free in spite of yourself –
You live alone in your own imagined world of many characters
Seeking to be center stage for the attention of the world –
Oh, how does it feel to be in love with two worlds at the same time?
Of Melbourne and Canberra, of America and Australia
Sightseeing around the world before you were eight
And feeling trapped in the mind’s cage of your own room.
Do not sleep, walk your way in the night into the future
Playing hide and seek with your nightmares and dreams
Wondering why…why…why…why…the world
Is not the way you want it to be and fair to you?
Self-worth is centered in knowing how deep is your love –
For the self and the world
Blame not your mother and cry by night
For being an innocent seed of a broken love…
For mothers give birth regardless of the father
And you shall know the truth when it is time to know…
All questions are answered in their own due time…
Sooner or later…fathers are just men like your brothers
Who are there to love you in spite of yourself –
Be loyal to none nor love one against the other
For jealous men are like grapes of wrath and like
Thorns around scented roses…
So tread gently and sweetly
Into the night and give unto father by blood what must be given…
And to father by marriage what is equally due.
Your brothers shall compete for your love always
After your two fathers are long gone into the end of their lives
Your way of loving your brothers and their love for you
Shall be defined by how you loved their fathers today.
Sleep well, daughter of two worlds…smile out to your self
And see how far you can reach to the top
On the firm shoulders of four men who will love you
For better or for worse and till death do us part.
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