Susie Clevenger at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, my April Poem-a-Day hangout, asked simply for poems of encouragement. Who deserves more encouragement than a brilliant, beautiful daughter as she prepares to graduate college? This is also at Poets United, a source of endless encouragement for me. Peace, Amy
For My Daughter As She Enters The Real World
Sure, there will be chaotic days,
storms, trials, and simple
In the wider world, you’ll see
fights, flights, frights.
(Some people are best at being their worst.)
All these will be moments in
your timeline; some will leave
scars – but those heal with time.
Others will transcend reality with
luminous grandeur, majesty.
Some moments will simply be.
Hold onto patience. Be kind
to fools, for they know not.
Most of all, be patient with yourself.
Be mindful in all you do.
Remember that, no matter what,
there is love even in
crevices of broken bones or
wedged in the cracks of
distortion’s thin places.
There is peace in silence.
There is beauty waiting for
you to bring it into being.
There is God in everything,
© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
April 19, 2013 at 12:03 am
super awesome post Amy !
I love it. And we all sure need such words every day !
Wishing lot of sunshine to you and your daughter 🙂
Kay, Alberta, Canada
April 19, 2013 at 12:23 am
This is a warm, sweet, kind, gentle, loving message from a mother to a daughter, Amy. It is perfect because it is from you, but its perfection might not be realized or recognized immediately. Some day, however, she’ll say what every daughter has to say some day, “You were right, Mom.”
April 19, 2013 at 3:04 am
So touching ~ lovely
April 19, 2013 at 4:36 am
beautiful Amy…from a mum who KNOWS
April 19, 2013 at 5:04 am
What a loving piece of advice and gentle loving from you to your daughter. Thanks for sharing this. Sometimes it’s hard to watch our daughters find their own way and patience is required from both sides. They come from us but are not us. Wonderful poem.
April 19, 2013 at 7:01 am
This is so cool. Goodness.
April 19, 2013 at 7:47 am
April 19, 2013 at 10:09 am
A comprehensive and insightful list of all we forget, but need to know. How we wish we could just pass on our own hard-won knowledge without our kids having to learn the hard way. Nicely done, Amy.
April 19, 2013 at 10:19 am
A very beautiful & poignant poem. Bless you both.
Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly)
April 19, 2013 at 10:25 am
What beautiful wisdom to share with your daughter. Hold onto patience. Be kind
to fools, for they know not. Most of all, be patient with yourself…I love this. I am so impatient at times. Thanks for taking part in the challenge!
April 19, 2013 at 10:27 am
She will want to have this printed as a keepsake. Full of wisdom and love.
Sherry Blue Sky
April 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm
What a fantastic and loving poem to write for your daughter. So wise, so true. Lovely, Amy, as is the beautiful Riley.
April 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Amy and Riley, Congratulations!! This is a very exciting time–kinda scary too–you give great advice and love Amy–and that is one of the best graduation gifts 🙂
April 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm
This is a beautiful post. When I look at my daughters and see the love for me in their eyes I am very proud that there is a part of me in them. Riley is beautiful and will surely be a strong woman too like her mother.
I HAVE A VOICE
April 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm
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April 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm
I loved this and am sharing it with my adult (but still growing) daughter, Rachel. Loved this, Mosk your BFAM