“Her eyes shone like two bright stars, but there was no rest or peace in them.”
From The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Anderson
Eyes full of rest, of peace
is the gift I’d give you, daughter–
Hunting everywhere till I found it,
asking crows and witches
in every village I passed,
willing to pay any price.
I would carry it home tucked in my red cloak,
Then wrap it in bright green paper, to
remind you of holidays and growing things
and tie it with a red bow.
I would tell you, Look for this
one gift, tucked beneath the tree
to delight you in the morning.
Because I’ve bound my heart to you
my gift would be to see you smile
and mean it.