I watched you
Lost in grief
Head of stone and cloud,
Steps faltering
I watched and ached 
Long before you ever noticed me
I craved to cradle you 
Safe in my limbs 
To draw you into me
Let my sap mingle with your tears
With the patience of a lover
I waited
Until one day 
You limped into my shade
Parched, inconsolable, a broken shell
I showed you how sadness could hold you together
It didn’t have to be your undoing
I can’t fix what has been shattered in you
But I can hold you still
In this noisy world.

Indira Naidoo reads 'The Healing Tree'