Seeing Rio on My 73rd Birthday

Soon, very soon,
A couple of hours more,
At the airport,
Baggage claim,
As you and your parents
and me,
Your grandpa,
In person,
Not for some minutes,
As Important as that is,
But touching,
and holding,
and loving face to face.

Days together
Before returning home
To keep at the work–
even more important to me now–
of helping,
Working with others,
Working day after day,
Hour by hour,
As much as my body allows
For a New World
For you and all children.

I will do all I can, Rio,
I promise you.

And I love you so much.