Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

BEN

by Jo Thilwind

My son, my child,
so tall and strong when once
 I carried you so easily in one arm,
permanently slung on my hip,
seemingly still attached.
Shoulders now so wide and powerful,
one day for your woman to lean on, to dream on,
secure in your gentle wisdom,
and embraced in your warm love.

I am amazed by the wondrous joy that is you.
To watch you learn and grow, as I felt the beginnings of
your life grow inside, is a constant source of happiness.
sometimes I can hardly believe this beautiful strong young
man I see before me was once my little baby,
so innocent and new,
my how you have grown.

The world will offer you so much,
and you have much to offer the world.
Talents and gifts in abundance.
and a heart big enough to make a difference.

Son, your kindness warms my heart.
Your compassion soothes my pain
and your love enriches my soul.
Life for me will never exist without you,
wherever you are and always.
So much a part of me,
the awareness of you is everpresent.

Where will you end up in the world?.
What will you do?,
Who will you be?,
I'm so excited about your future.
I know it will be amazing and wonderful,
because you are.

Added: 21.04.2011

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