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
|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
|Reviewed by Jane Rodway
|Sad and beautiful, lovely combination.|
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
|Count Your Blessings !
|Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
|beautiful poem of tribute.|