To My Children

The Apostle Paul wrote of contentment
From inside a jail cell
John saw a vision of the Lord
On an Island of outcasts
What we view as an end
May be a beginning
We may go great lengths to hide ourselves
Yet God’s love goes great lengths to show Himself

 

You know much of my story
I can tell you how I survive
But I can’t write yours
I have not your eyes

 
All my words to guide you
Are meant as stepping stones
I know something of minefields
The loud cries and silent moans

 

It seems so senseless
But maybe not
One day my senses sharpened from the blast
And I heard what I had forgot

 

Though my words get rearranged
You know me enough to know
The message is the same
And hearing is the last to go

 

Out of my own womb you came
Loving you is loving myself
Losing you is losing myself

 

I can’t let my echo become a whisper
Absorbing itself into the earth losing all meaning

 

Linked with dVersepoetspub.com. Today the prompt is to write my own advice to someone who’s life may improve by it.  I chose my children.

 

 

 

 

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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12 Responses to To My Children

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    A mother’s words as stepping stones….i love that idea. Loved your poem.

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  2. Sumana Roy says:

    To make the younger ones aware of their own eyes, of God’s love in every bend of life is wonderful…Like sherry I also love the image of the ‘stepping stones’. Beautiful.

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  3. Jo says:

    A ‘mother’s words as stepping stones’ – what a lovely turn of phrase!

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  4. annell4 says:

    A beautiful write, Mary!!

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  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the reminder that what we view as an end may be a beginning. I also like these two lines: “Loving you is loving myself
    Losing you is losing myself”

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  6. hannamccown says:

    Beautiful poem. Wise and insightful. Thank you for sharing it. “Out of my own womb you came
    Loving you is loving myself
    Losing you is losing myself” Beautiful. Love and Blessings always, Hanna

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  7. Waltermarks says:

    I like especially the veiled warning that stepping stones may turn to minefields, “All my words to guide you Are meant as stepping stones I know something of minefields The loud cries and silent moans”.
    My stepping stones go boom sometimes!

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  8. So many great advises for a child… indeed small stepping stones is what they need… but let them build bridges themselves.

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  9. Grace says:

    Beautiful message from a loving mother to the children ~ I hope they listen to your words and wisdom!

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  10. Mish says:

    Powerful advice spoken gently and so respectfully.
    “But I can’t write yours. I have not your eyes.” This is/was the toughest part of parenting for me….letting go.

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  11. lillian says:

    A mother’s unconditional love……no matter how old our children…..no matter the physical distance betwee us….they are always our children. Although we let go…..they are always with us. I truly believe this….and so it shall be when they have their own children….and for the generations to come.
    A wonderful post.

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  12. Singledust says:

    your children are truly blessed to receive this

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