Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Daughter and Son


My girl, a woman.
We talk of love and fights,
work and dreams like girlfriends.
She has infinite patience
with the "when you were little" stories
that are now multiplying, their goodness
and simplicity comforting me
like a soft blanket over a sheet of doubts.
I search for myself in her deep-set eyes
so different from mine, nothing that can be seen
is the same, but maybe our souls.
Where am I in the wondrous thing she's become?
Where did she learn to forgive so well,
to delight in so little,
to love so beautiful,
even though I thought I'd shown her
everything I did not want her to see?

Soon she will fly, her hands
will make beautiful things
and she will be more.
There is no beginning or end to a daughter,
in the endless sychronicity of mothers and daughters
each generation is more and
she will be more than me.


A son makes you laugh
because he is a man
as you never imagined.
You hear manly words
and you giggle with delight
in the surprise of it all.
The joy in the aftermath of anger
is an oracle, its message
is the long-awaited tranquility.
Then the cleaning out of your
overflowing trunk of prayers
is like the ending
of your favorite book.
And when you hear that
manly voice say Mom,
it's the only voice you've ever known.


Kelly Jene said...

You have good looking kids Diane! I hope you are enjoying your visit. Beautiful poems. I got emotional yesterday cuz my little guy had his first non-kid meal at the restaurant!!

Have a good Sunday!

Kelly Jene said...

All three of you have similar smiles. Sweet!

happyone said...

A beautiful family and beautiful poems.


the son poem moved me beyond tears!
I can't imagine knowing that there's a 20 year old Manly son waiting in the soul of my sons 6 year old eyes!

Blessings to having your family near you today!

CJM-R said...

Beautiful family and poem!!

Thank you for sharing.


Erin O'Brien said...

Love it!

dot said...

Tom does Sky Watch now so if you'd like to join in go to his blog for details. First you post a picture of the sky on your blog with a link back to him. Then you go to his blog and put your name on the current Mr. Linky along with your blog address. He puts Mr. Linky up on Thursday afternoon and I know he'd be glad for you to join in. Don't forget to leave him a comment!

SOUL: said...

these are really nice-- the words are really endless when writing of our children don't you think?
i've tried , but never seem to get it right-- never complete-- maybe because the child, and the feelings are ever changing. once you get it on paper-- you realize something new belongs there??

regardless-- very very nice!

hope you have a great day with your kids-- :))