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Looking Back

How do I tell them about your tiny fingers and toes?
The smell of your baby head on my chest?
The warmth of your skin as you slept in my arms?

How can they know of your first little words?
The times when only we knew what was funny?
The grumpy face of awakening from a nap?

How can they see your joy at learning to read?
The world you discovered in the pages you found?
Of wanting to fly or live in a Hobbit’s home?

How will they know the fear and excitement?
The questions, the fears, the quiet upon discovering?
The crash of realizing people can be cruel?

How can I make them understand who you are?
Not who they see now as they come from afar?
How can I give them the vision to see?
That the girl they so love is no stranger to me?
How can I show them the light that’s gone out?
The sadness that’s come to fill you with doubt?
How can I give them a picture of time?
And let them see that you’re loved and you’re mine?

Copyright © Jennifer Richardson | Year Posted 2009

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  1. Date: 3/19/2009 5:22:00 AM

    The great giving loving potective mother of a poem ... the urge to bring comprehensive understanding to the latent universality of the word, it's all here. Thanks.
  1. Date: 3/18/2009 1:38:00 PM

    Jennifer, this is a manifestation of a motherly love. WOOOOOOW! A wonderful write. Keep on posting and welcome. Ernilando
  1. Date: 3/18/2009 10:25:00 AM

    Awesome poignant write here, Jennifer. They never told us how painful parenting could be ... smile ... but you've captured it with great imagery ... I can almost smell the wonderful baby-wrinkled skin of my son who is now 46 .... wow how did that happen ... LOL ... Welcome to PoetrySoup, Jennifer and hope to read much more from you.
  1. Date: 3/17/2009 11:37:00 AM

    I think many parents ask the same questions. We just want the best for our kids. Welcome to Poetry Soup! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Best wishes with your writing. Karen
  1. Date: 3/17/2009 11:07:00 AM

    Welcome Jennifer! omygoshhhhh!!!!!! this is a very sweet story of a Mother's love! I have never seen it expressed quite so poetic & lovely an instant fav poem of mine, cheers! Jim
  1. Date: 3/17/2009 6:19:00 AM

    wow... this one really touched me! your passion is boundless... lovely write! ~ Arany