I wrote this poem about my daughter when she was still a little bitty thing. I posted it here way back in 2012, but that was a long time ago. I doubt that anyone will remember it.

It’s one of my favorites and I wrote my first poem at the age of 6. (I think it might have been about chocolate milk.)

This is a photo of me holding her when she was a month old. She was 5 weeks premature.

And now she’s 20 years old and in college.

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Peaceful slumber holds her fast

Tiny eyelids flutter, dreams of childhood and joy

My darling, my love, my child

Innocence I wish to keep

In a bottle nice and safe

So nothing can ever harm her

Yet I know this is an impossible thing

I hold her delicate body, breathing in her scent

Love so deep I feel for this amazing child

That is a part of me

Yet a lingering fear that someday I know someone will make her cry

And that in a way, how she is at this moment will surely die

So I take her small hand and we walk together in the sunlight

I enjoy her as she is

Innocent and full of wonder

My child

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