By Cindy Gonzalez

We are given the name “Strong Hearts”
Welcoming them back
Gently
Like bringing a newborn into the world
Carefully
Wrapping them in our love
Like a mother swaddling her baby
Warmth

Strong Hearts
We listen
To the cries of guilt that summoned their psyche
Looking compassionately into their eyes
Silently telling them
They are forgiven
Just as a mother comforts her child who has betrayed her trust

Strong Hearts
Strong body
Strong will
Strong spirit
Unbreakable
Unbendable
Constant
Like the northern star
Always showing them the way back home