~Esther Mitchell, 2012~
I never learned to lean,
That’s what comes from being strong,
From always being the one,
Others turned to when their world went wrong.
I learned to balance sideways,
To dip and sway with the wind,
But never to touch the trees around me,
With any but a gentle hand.
No, I never learned to lean,
Though I might bend to and fro,
Tossed about in confusion,
When the hurricane begins to blow.