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Eighteen Today
by Cynthia L. Castle
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The first poem I wrote two years ago.  My fiancee, Thomas Lanchanger had posted it for me on his site here at AD.  I am now reposting it to go along with the poem that I wrote for my son today.


for Cory
June 15, 2004

Sixteen Years

The day you were born, My First Child, Oh what Heavenly Bliss!
A Beautiful Son, Life canít get any better than this

Today, my son you are sixteen years old.
A very trying time, so I am told.

Driving, Oh I see you as you take the car.
Letting go, but hoping that you donít go far.

I see a fine young man, displaying good looks,
Intelligent, filled with knowledge of the books.

A typical boy, involved in many sports,
Computers, video games, and these of sorts.

As each of your birthdays will come and go,
I long to see how you would thrive and grow.

I never will get to experience this glorious joy,
For our Lord had other plans for you, My Precious Baby Boy!

Cory, Oh Cory, my Dear Little Son,
Your sweet name even means ďthe chosen one.Ē

I hope there is a celebration for you up there,
As another birthday passes that we cannot share.

But, I have my thoughts, my aching heart, and many tears,
As I imagine what could have been for sixteen years.

Copyright © 2004 Cynthia Castle
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for Cory
June 15, 2006

Eighteen Today

Today, another birthday, eighteen years have gone by,
Since I gave birth to you, held you, and heard your first cry.

Itís hard to believe itís been that long; the years they sure flew.
My son, this would have been such an exciting time for you.

Turning eighteen, completing high school just a few days before.
Now a graduate, a young man with the whole world to explore.

As I was flipping through the television channels the other night,
The High School commencement was airing; I was drawn to this grand sight.

The Class of 2006, this would have been your year.
I could imagine how I would feel, seeing you out there.

I watched and I listened as they called each graduateís name.
Marking a milestone, now their lives will never be the same.

The graduates, with mixed emotions of school days over at last.
Parents, gazing in amazement of how they have grown up so fast.

I saw faces of family members, beaming with pride.
As I quietly watched, feeling so torn apart inside.

Cory, my Sweet Child, another birthday passes again.
Iím left with my thoughts, and my tears that never seem to end.

I visit your grave, and beautiful flowers there I lay.
To honor my Baby, you would have been eighteen today.

Copyright © 2006 Cynthia Castle
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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Tears...deeply felt piece....knowing the feeling.

On the day my Michele was buried 21 years later I got the news from my daughter that I am going to be a grandma...and guess what.....the baby is due round about Michele' birthday Feb 9, 2007. A very sad and happy day it was for both mother and sister realizing that.
All I can say my strong and know God loves us still!!
Warm hugs and love to the family!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Cynthia my heart and a huge bear hug go out to you for the strong love you hold forever in your heart for your son. I am sure he is in a better place and for him his love for you will always be immense. Strong poem and strong feelings expressed by a loving mother.

Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia
Oh Cynthia, this is heart-wrenching, and leaves me sharing your bittersweet tears... I'm thankful you have such a loving Fiance, who will strengthen you in the bonds of his love...and lead you safely through this world, until we are called back to the Creator - and you are reunited with your wonderful Cory! Smile, sweetie - Jesus is our Hope! I will place you and your wonderful Fiance in my prayer apron.
blessings ~ rhonda
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger
Cynthia, I know how important not only this date means to you but also how youíve been able to march forward while honoring Coryís memory, which further illustrates your compassionate being and gentle soul. The sudden loss of any child is a parents worse nightmare, yet you have continued to remain an inspiration to all who know and love you. You are truly a remarkable mother, partner, poet and human being. These are very powerful heartfelt timeless treasures.

I love you,
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