Poem to a daughter

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Daughter so precious, dear light of my heart,
An angel from heaven, the Lord's work of art.
The first time I held you, I felt the love rise,
As I sounded the depths of your wise baby eyes.

Sweet little helper,you made housework such fun
We danced our way through, till all chores were done.
Then off to find places most secret and wild,
Where with you I regained my lost inner child.

Too soon you were standing before the school door.
The years marched on by, you were baby no more.
You received your degree, I watched with such pride,
Then you had to leave for that big world outside.

Wherever you go, my love will stay near,
If life gets too stormy, your shelter's still here.
I think of you daily, although we're apart,
Daughter so precious, dear light of my heart.

Poems for daughters

Writing poetry about a daughter who is already an adult inevitably brings back lots of memories and feelings of the time when she was small. Of course, it would be possible to write a huge epic poem about all the things she did and all the events that happened. However, I decided I wanted to keep it short and simple.

Surprisingly, I have not been able to find many pieces written by famous women poets about or for their girls.

Sappho wrote an ode to her little "golden flower" Cleis more than 2500 years ago.

Janice Mirikitani wrote the touching For a Daughter who Leaves about a woman preparing for her daughter's marriage and departure, which was inspired by a short stanza written in the 8th century Japanese poet, Lady Otomo.

The US poet Anne Sexton had major postpartum depression both times after giving birth, with numerous subsequent breakdowns and suicide attempts until one succeeded. You can hear her reading her poem about elder child Linda "Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman" in the video below. Another long piece, is written about younger child Joyce, but also deals with Anne Sexton's relationship with her own mother. Words and a recording available at this link: The Double Image

I welcome suggestions for further pieces to feature in this section.

Anne Sexton reading her poem about her daughter

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WriteAngled 4 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

They do grow up so fast, don't they!


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Esperanta 4 years ago from Rhondda Fawr, Cymru Author

Unfortunately they do. However, my grown-up girls are super young women and I'm very proud of them.


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

So nice and moving.....i really re-visited my childhood...as i am not fortunate to have a daughter...( i have son only) ...I hope my father felt the same way as you doing..he is no more with us but i do miss him and those precious time together.

I pressed all buttons here and sharing too.


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Simba73 4 years ago from UK

Great poem, I have many poems about my Daughter but I'm not sure if being written by the father would fall into your niche but please take a quick look and see if you think they are expectable in your feature

Great hubs by the way

Simba


A mother 4 years ago

Aww, that's lovely. Glad you have had such happiness with your daughter.


WowMan 3 years ago

Aww, cute :)


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Esperanta 3 years ago from Rhondda Fawr, Cymru Author

Thank you :)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Esperanta,

I saw you on WriteAngled hub, so I thought I would check out your work, and how glad I am that I did.

I am a cat-lover too. I have five. One tab femae and four tab males and they are all so much fun.

I loved this poem and voted up and all the way because I have a daughter who is a mother of three now and all three are like her, sharp in school, and creative isn't the word.

They are all advanced in their thinking. Her mom passed that down to her.

Are you e-booking these poems? If not, DO SO. This is a beautiful poem.

And to close, I am following you. Please check out a few of my hubs, and I cordially invite you to be one of my followers. I need lots of help.

Peace and Love.

K.

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