Friday, 25 November 2011

Birthday poems to my children

It's my son's 28th birthday tomorrow. By coincidence earlier today I came across a copy of a poem dedicated to him, which I wrote in a greetings card for his 16th birthday. Here it is.


To my son on his 16th birthday
Where were you while
your cheeks whiskered
your legs haired
your arms muscled
your reason bettered?

Where were you while
you grew tall and true
where were you?
In my heart.


Being an equal opportunity parent, a few years later I repeated the exercise for my daughter.

To my daughter on her 16th birthday

Child grown to woman and ever still my child,
I greet your 16th birthday.

From the moment you squeezed into the world,
I have always loved you.

Years from now when we are apart,
You will cross the road,
And feel me reach for your hand.

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