A poem dedicated to you
(This poem is not written by The Wild Gems, all credit is given to Joan Benicken. Thank you for your beautiful poem.)
‘My Hope for you, Daughter’
I can’t give you the world,
filled with all its riches.
I can’t promise you a life free from
sickness, pain, and disappointment,
for that is a gift not mine to give.
I cannot guarantee that you
will never feel your heart break.
My only hope for you is that
you fulfill the dreams deep within you.
I wish for you to know yourself
and be faithful to yourself.
For if you do,
you will be able to fully love others.
Be free to choose your course in life
without fearing a wrong decision.
Reflect on what you have been taught,
and take time to listen to your heart.
Never lose the ability to feel with open arms
all the passion and joy that life holds for you.
Give all you have
without looking for something in return.
Reach out for that which you can attain
and not for that which is impossible.
My hope for you, my daughter,
is that you will be all you can be,
for only then will you awaken
to the person you want to be.
– Joan Benicken
From the book ‘There Is So Much to Love About You…Daughter’ A Blue Mountain Arts Collection