A Love Poem From a Parent About her Child

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, a love poem from a parent about her child. Happy Mother’s Day to all who cherish, care for, protect, teach, and inspire children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

For sixteen years I bandaged his cuts so he wouldn’t pick,
counted his calories so he wouldn’t gain weight,
hiked wooded trails and swam in the  bay with him so he would stay fit,
redirected him so he wouldn’t obsess,
changed his sheets in the middle of the night so they wouldn’t be wet,
played with him so he wouldn’t be lonely,
and loved him as I know no one ever will.

So now when I entrust him to you please understand,
if I become impassioned and overwrought,
it is because I’m frightened for I know,
that he will not be cared for as I always did,
and no one will love him as I always will…

Poetry by
Susan Packard

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