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The Embrace of this Child

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The Embrace of this Child

There is no hint, that this child of three
Could ever comprehend..
With his unknowing, smiling face,
With that cowlick in his hair, freckles here and there 
Who takes the air from my lungs with a glance
Skin glistening, pink and rosy from the sun,
As he comes bounding through the door,
Mud on his small shoes and face
Without an inkling or a trace..
Of any clue of the pace 
Of my heart beat,... how it swells
The way that my arms would wrap around 
His small body so tightly, that he would gasp.
This well of love that I feel....

    But of course, I don't squeeze so tightly.
      I must hold my love for him
        With more restraint,
          Keep my arms encircled in a more gentle embrace,
             For he wouldn't understand how much love
                His sweet presence stirs up the air I breathe
                   This child, this precious son of my daughter
                      Will never know the joy
                          He has brought into my life






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  1. Date: 2/3/2013 12:42:00 PM

    Congratulations on your winning spot Carrie luv xx

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 9:07:00 AM

    They never realize that...how sweet and loving it is to hold them grands and watch them play. Love it !! Congrats on a well deserved win !!

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 9:37:00 PM

    WOW, fantastic, and I would not expect less from you. Congrats on the win, CArrie. I can really feel your love for that baby in this one.

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 7:23:00 PM

    CarrieCongratulations on a job well done. Enjoyed the cute and beautiful baby poems. I hope you do not mind that I embraced the amusement of this contest with my 13 year old son. Always and forever ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 4/8/2011 4:26:00 AM

    Carrie, this stirred up my emotions until they over-flowed and ran down my cheeks. So moving and going straight to my favorite list. Many congrat's on your BIG WIN. Lainie

  1. Date: 4/7/2011 9:03:00 AM

    Congratulations Carrie on your honored success. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 5:20:00 PM

    Oh how he will be embaressed LOL when Grandma reads this outloud at Christmas! So nice to have a write like this to revisit that joy! Congrad's on your win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 4:18:00 PM

    What a lovely Grandmother you are to that precious gift from God. And, you are a precious gift to him, as well! Congrats on your win! I'm puttin' this in my faves. I have a few more years before grandchildren, but this is a beauty worth saving! Ellen

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 11:48:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Drake's contest Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 10:04:00 AM

    beautiful, congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 8:30:00 AM

    Your love for your grandson is described in such a delightful way, Carrie. Congratulations on your success in Drake's contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 7:37:00 AM

    Such a beautiful dedication to your grandchild. He is really very lucky to have you as a grandmama. Many heartiest congrats for this super win.

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 5:51:00 AM

    Congratulations on the HM win in the contest of Drake, Carrie

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 5:07:00 AM

    Congrats Carrie on your HM in Drake's cool contest with this vibrant write and elegant entry so special.. enjoy your very special honor with luv..

  1. Date: 4/6/2011 5:06:00 AM

    Carrie, a beautiful & touching piece. :)

  1. Date: 6/25/2010 11:10:00 AM

    This is just the sweetest poem, Carrie :) I could definitely feel the love that you have for your grandson and I really loved the formatting of your poem too--something like being swept away in that embrace! Very nice & congrats on your win with this--btw thank you so much for all your comments in my poems, and especially about my poem about my brother--your words touched my heart--thank you :) --nikko

  1. Date: 6/18/2010 4:31:00 AM

    Ohhhhhhhh I love it!!! And they won't know until they have their own child! Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/16/2010 8:59:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in John Heck's contest "A Warm Embrace" Carrie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 11:35:00 PM

    So much love here it oozes out. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 8:03:00 PM

    Congrats on the 4th place win

  1. Date: 6/13/2010 8:52:00 AM

    Brilliant and heartfelt, congrats!

  1. Date: 6/12/2010 6:12:00 PM

    Congrats on 4th win, Carrie

  1. Date: 6/12/2010 4:37:00 PM

    Congrats Carrie on your winning poem in the Warm Embrace contest with this wonderful write .. a truly beautiful win to enjoy for a lovely write.. with luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 6/16/2009 3:06:00 AM

    Congrats on your succes in Debbie's contest Carrie.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 6/15/2009 8:06:00 PM

    This is so loving. It is amazing how we grandmas cherish our grandchildren. Hannah is my great-grandchild. Her beautiful mother is my granddaughter and thank you for your comments and congratulations to you also. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 9/2/2008 7:34:00 PM

    this is a beautiful tribute to your son, sons are a most precious gift, my son just turned 18 last month, he is a senior this year, thy grow up so ast, great write, Carrie, and thanks for your welcome comments, take care D-nyce

  1. Date: 9/2/2008 1:57:00 PM

    There are some emotions beyond description, but you've made yours very tender and warm. Enjoyed this very much. Love, Daver

  1. Date: 9/2/2008 11:25:00 AM

    Yes grandkids are a great bundle of joy and love something to behold. this was a warm and loving tender piece of great poetry and well written.

  1. Date: 9/2/2008 11:14:00 AM

    Wow does your love for this child shine through. I simply cannot wait for one. You are so dearly blessed, as you already know. Enjoy, enjoy! Too beautiful. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 9/2/2008 9:22:00 AM

    Aren't grandchildren the greatest? I've got a Marine, a college coed, a future mechanic and two more. My older two's children. I've got 24 yr old twins, so I'm waiting for mor in the future. God Bless, enjoy every moment. Vince

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