For Violet Beatrice Mannan, on the occasion of her 5th birthday
May you rise up as the willow,
Beside the willow and the pine.
As I raised a glass the day of your birth,
So you shall when I die.
May you grow tall in the valley,
Amongst the flowers and the grass.
Ever smiling back to my smoldering fire,
As the days begin to pass.
May you wander down the rivers
With the sun upon your face.
And when the crows obscure the sun,
My smoke will lead the way.