Untitled Poem by Adrienne Faulkner


when I was little

I felt safe

walking behind you

my child’s legs unsure

of each step I took

on my journey.


You were my guide,

my comfort,

my protection.


But, now I am tall,

my legs longer,

and I struggle

to fit in

behind you.


I look over your shoulder,

curious and excited

about the world

I see ahead of me.



it is time

for us to part,

you on your journey

and me on mine.


Please don’t worry.

I’ll be fine.

I’m wearing a coat

of all you’ve taught me.


Wish me well,

and watch me fly.


Thank you, Mom.

With all my love.

Author: Valerie Serrano

Valerie Serrano has a master of fine arts degree in creative writing and a bachelor of arts in psychology. Valerie taught English and writing in New York for seven years (1996-2003), and has been teaching creative writing classes online through www.LetsWrite.com and in Santa Rosa, California, where she now resides, since 2012. Her small business is called Let's Write! from which she also offers editing, self-publishing help, and more (such as motivation to good but scared writers). Val loves every minute of it, especially when students have the gumption to take their writing from first (very) rough draft to (self) published. Valerie has self-published her own novel called The Archangel of Hamilton Beach and a children’s picture book, Horses Talk Funny, both available on Amazon and via her blog. Val loves to say: So, Let's Write!

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