Lovely. *Sigh* I feel like squueing fangirl, reading and replying to every piece I read. Even your titles are appealing! This piece, even if it wasn't lovely, deep and true, you wouls still win because - I would want this said to me. Two specific things: I LOVE the first two lines. What a great image! Growing line by line. Second, I think the flow might be a bit moother if in the 2nd line, 2nd stanza, you changed it to "I might find the joy that life could bring". Normally I don't encourage excessive words like that, but it might take out that little bump. But do what youl ike, this is a lovely poem anyway.