Don’t let me be hardened
like the clay under my feet
being beaten down upon by the searing sun
Let me not be left without any softness
wondering how something so molten
can park a glacier inside my chest.
Don’t let me lose joy or hope or any of the things
I have held to for so long.
Don’t let me lose me.
Let me grow stronger,
more able to show grace,
more able to love you as you are
whoever you are.
wherever you are.