Title: Shmi's Gift: A Parting Author: oldjedinurse Timeframe: TPM Characters: Shmi Skywalker Genre: Angst Keywords: Shmi, Anakin, Qui-Gon Summary: Shmi's emotional decision that Ani should go with Qui-Gon. Disclaimer: George Lucas owns everything Star Wars. A stellar group of authors own the many characters brought to life in books full of SW stories. I am merely playing in a park dedicated to the Lucas Empire. I own nothing and receive no tangible reward from this. A tentative foray into poetry... _________________________________________ Shmi?s Gift: A Parting Silhouette in a midday?s radiance A halo forms bright ?round serenity From his spirit shines patience and wisdom Mine but offers a last aching hope Yes I?ll give him my past ? my son. He is strong and yet gentle and kind Had I chosen your father, perhaps I would linger in groundless illusion But instead I remember our life Holding close what is real, for my son. A new road stretches out to the infinite In between the way fades into darkness But the light in your eyes wins me over And the light in his eyes gives me courage To set free your spirit, my son. One last dawn, as I study you closely We hold to each other no longer You entered my life unexpected You leave through the same greater plan Walk away in his path, my son. You turn back to pledge me your bravery With liquid eyes tenderly searching I find that you look on me sadly I find one last smile to surrender But hold back my tears for you, son. My joy and my life and my heart All my days I will seek out your presence When in darkness our home is too still When your voice does not rise with the light Hear my soul?s endless cries for a son. _________________________________________ Poets and Non-poets! Be honest - what do you think?