I’ve watched you on the beam,
all long legs and determination.
Over and over the cartwheel
launched with good vision,
feet seeking blindly the graceful
I have to tell you now,
there is no perfection
on this gravity-massive earth.
But there is always-getting-better.
I’ll tell you this as well, though
you are not the girl for metaphor—
You need these same skills
for every challenge: balance,
trust, strength in the core.