Before you crack the shell of familiar
And pack away the Red beads and lunch boxes
Of childhood, mark them
HANDLE WITH CARE
Independence is a silver knife that can cut
A sharp window into a shining future,
Or it can wound.
GO GENTLY GIRL.
Enter your new days with confidence
But Tread unfamiliar waters with care.
Take your time. Explore the shore.
Understand the currents
Before swimming out too far.
Look back over your shoulder
Once or twice,
You will see it.