A Poem For My Three Children
I held you in my arms,
the corner of your lip curled into a grin.
My heart was no longer mine,
but belonged to you since then.
I watched you take first steps,
many times you fell down
Then you walked to waiting arms,
witha much determined frown.
I delighted in your giggles;
your joy became my joy as well.
Scraped knee tears, were kissed
and cured,every time you fell.
Through your eyes I saw
the world a different place;
one of wonder ,new and fresh,
reflecting in your face.
Your first day of school came,
and I feared it more than you.
What if you no longer needed me?
Whatever would I do?
I watched you find your desk;
waving with timid hand goodbye,
I walked out from your sight,
before wiping the tear from my eye.
It seems I only blinked, and you grew
into my biggest fear; a teen.
Music blasting from your room;
calls from friends I'd never seen.
Arguments happened often;
though I tried not to raise my voice.
You wanted no rules to follow;
you left me without a choice.
How I missed that child so small,
who looked up at me with trust;
How did that look so quickly change
into anger and disgust?
Some days I didn't like you;
but know I loved you even then.
No matter what you said,
or how much you refused to bend.
Those years passed more slowly
than the ones that came before.
But pass they did, and I for one am glad,
they will return no more.
I blinked again it seems;
and now you are grown;
holding in your strong arms,
a little baby of your own.
I watch as you gaze into that little face
who looks to form a grin.
Your heart will be no longer yours,
but belongs to her since then.
My role in your life has changed my child;
I know that all too well.
know your heart has room,
for both of us to dwell.