My child

I have painted you thus far

So now as you prepare to leave 

I return to canvas

Pasting the map

Of childhood homes

The gold stars 

The toothless smiles

The heartbreaks and lessons learnt

Each layer part of the portrait

drawn over with text and lines

The cartography of our life lived thus far

I take pictures of myself in my mountain studio

As I make each mark

I post them 

hash-tagging your name

When it is done

And you reside wherever your passport takes you

I will still have the painting

And you