For Michelle

Born today was a goddess
of the mysteries:
given tender keys
to unlock strange doors. 
Born today was a sacred space
where ancestors,
seekers,
and mothers of lost children gather. 
Daughters who learn pain
become masters
of alchemy
and transformation,
early on in life.
When the heart is this severely broken open---
rendered utterly unable to close---
light gets in everywhere.
Shadows mix into colors.
Green entreats on smoky threads.
Yellow lifts the edges, 
marking new horizons.
Indigo recedes with the tide. 
Magenta blooms,
spilling dawn
everywhere.