Sarah Potter Writes

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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

***

THE CHOICE

you are the best mistake I ever made

laid

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

thaws

I knew you because you made sure of it

prophet

as an inchling squirming in my womb

room

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

moulded

long days passed before my gift-wrapped surprise

guise

you never cried–too nosy from the start

heart

a beautiful individualist

kissed

old spurners backtracked to ingratiate

late

I’d petition angels to protect you

true

we fought pitched battles with the world and won

stun

and now I watch you fight your teenage wars

roars

your eyes squall-grey, fire from your studded nose

pose

smiles, apologies, blue-eyed bliss, peace

cease

an unbreakable individualist

kissed

lovers of your own and choices to make

wait

(c)Sarah Potter, 1997

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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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