Whisper and shout
Should be natural enemies
You make them the closest friends.
You mumble explanations as you go about your favorite activities
While I shout and admonish the sheer daredevil behavior
You whisper shhhh as your great great grandmother sleeps
But shout at the sight of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
It is a cycle that we perpetuate daily
And while my voice gets tired
My heart swells in the shadow of your smile. In the beauty of your hugs and the largesse of your heart.