For Traudel And Wölfgang

Happiness takes many forms.

Sometimes the form
Of a marriage,
A reunion of family,
A new house,
Or an evergreen tree.

The tree is
A celebration of these things––
Living and growing
With a life extending
Beyond our lives
With ever deeper roots.

May the happiness in your lives
Be forever green––
Your lives long
And reaching towards heaven.

May the roots of your love
Grow deep in the soil of your hearts
And bless your immortal souls