Child of Mine

December 3, 2009

I wrote this poem about Lauren sometime last year. I’d like to share it with you.

Child of Mine

                             Child of mine

                                  You are

                                                Defenseless and trusting,
                                                Your dreams go unexpressed
                                                Destined to another’s whim?
                                                Peril or protection is your fate?

                                                Sunshine in your smile
                                                Radiant spirit charming all
                                                Face, luminous with inner light
                                                Your winsome wiles warm my days.

                                           A Music Lover
                                                 Joy filled notes brighten your face
                                                 You dance in your heart
                                                 Melody the heartbeat of your soul
                                                 Composes the anthem of your life.

If you would like to read other poems and essays by moms of individuals with developmental disabilities, please check out the work of the Writer’s Group of Family Caregivers sponsored by the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities.

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