A poem to the daughter who mightn’t have existed

English: Edward Wehner's watercolour of "...
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The poem below, written fifteen years ago, is dedicated to my beautiful and characterful daughter–herself a mother of two fantastic children–and who, this weekend, celebrates her 30th birthday.  I love you, my big baby xxxx



you are the best mistake I ever made


backs turned, doors slammed, new friends found, new front doors


I knew you because you made sure of it


as an inchling squirming in my womb


hand-me-downs of doll-sized clothes sat folded


long days passed before my gift-wrapped surprise


you never cried–too nosy from the start


a beautiful individualist


old spurners backtracked to ingratiate


I’d petition angels to protect you


we fought pitched battles with the world and won


and now I watch you fight your teenage wars


your eyes squall-grey, fire from your studded nose


smiles, apologies, blue-eyed bliss, peace


an unbreakable individualist


lovers of your own and choices to make


(c)Sarah Potter, 1997

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

One thought on “A poem to the daughter who mightn’t have existed”

  1. This morning I was reading through a notepad with a page dated only weeks before my daughter was born. I found a baby names shortlist: Freya, Georgina, Fancesca, Kirsten, Cerian, Amélie, Catherine, CHarlotte, Sophie, Catrin, Rhiannon and Eirian. It is amazing how fast time seems to travel and yet during intense periods it bunches up.
    Nice piece.


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