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The Parent's Gift
by Niki Collins-Queen

Sunday, June 20, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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From afar, a model family we were

Professional parents, a doctor, a lawyer

A good income too

Look closer, the greatest gift

To your children, you could not give

A good marriage

So for your children you did live


Father in your youngest daughter

You did find, your sweet princess

Your sunshine and your heart

You held her hand and gave her hugs

Your wife held empty hands


Father in your son

A golf companion you did find

Together you played to pass the time

While your family at home you did miss


Father towards your stepdaughter a jealousy you did feel

Yet you made your peace when she was grown

And found a friend with whom to talk

For your wife and children had few words to speak


Mother in your youngest daughter you did find

The perfect daughter, obedient, humble

Slender, pretty and creative too

She took your hand to comfort you


Mother to your oldest daughter

You could not relate

Because she had lived with others

You thought she was full of hate

Yet she loved you and tried to associate


Oh Mother and Father many a tear your children shed

For a marriage almost dead

No touch, no communication, no tender words

But what to do your children did not know


At last when the youngest children left home

Mother you said, "I’ve come into my own"

For now the Mother and Father do touch, talk and spend time


Oh Parents you gave your children a gift

They no longer grieve about the rift

For now they feel free to go

And start their families, this they know.

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Reviewed by Richard Orey 12/11/2008
Life is a journey of experiences which offer lessons to learn. Sadly, sometimes we learn and sometimes we don't. But I believe there is no greater gift to offer our children than to let them understand that their parents love one another.

The last stanza of "The Parents' Gift" shares a powerful insight.

Thank you for sharing this quality write with us, Niki.

Reviewed by jude forese 6/24/2004
delightful poem!
Reviewed by Jane Rodway 6/23/2004
Sad and beautiful, lovely combination.
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 6/21/2004
Count Your Blessings !

Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 6/20/2004
beautiful poem of tribute.

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