We saw your greatness (for Tess)

Nobody knows
the suffering
that marked
your short life
and followed
each intricate breath.

Too soon
this life
that you held
as a treasure
eluded your grasp,
and you were caught
between the rainbow
and its beauty
and the end
at the horizon that
you could never find.

We will remember
that reaching for
all that life could hold,
even if the
reaching failed
and your body
let you down.

We will remember
the innocent wish
to be all that you
could never be,
and we admire you
in the trying.

For you embody
the best in the human spirit
because you sought more
than life ever served
up to you,
and though you
did not win
we saw your
greatness in the trying.