Having Heard the Warning

Further reflections on my eldest daughter turning 13:

Miissing Melody -A Father's Love For His Daughter(s)

Heaving Heard the Warning
by Michael Doyle

On Saturday night as I kissed you into sleep
There was a part of me that wanted to keep
This moment forever as a sacred treasure
That meant more to me than words can measure

I knew that with the first light of morning
Your childhood would fade, having heard the warning
All those memories wrapped in a bow of childhood
Some happy, some were sad, but all of them good

I have watched all of your days come and then go
Each moment more precious than the last since first hello
As you looked up at me with you crystal blue eyes
And now I was waiting for the first beams of sunrise

Knowing that though Sunday seemed just like Saturday
Magical to me in all ways, a change had come into play
Yours has been the heartbeat within my own heart
And now I have to let go just a bit and let you part

As you become your own as really you've always been
Always one of my two most favorite of human beings
It's hard to write this poem with tears in my eyes
But as we say goodbye to childhood, it helps to realize

The beautiful young heart and soulful young lady you are
Unafraid to follow after and pursue your own North Star
And as we cuddle and watch the movie you hold my hand
As if to let me know that you love me and understand

That it's not easy to let go of the little girl you were
It's seemed as though the days have passed in a blur
Since born that day and you smiled into my camera's eye
That I hid behind for fear that anyone might see me cry

Tears of love for the greatest gift that God has ever given
To me and knowing that in teaching you to live I was living
The greatest truth known to a man, that of loving his daughter
Each moment a moment lived in sacred prayer as your father

In five more years, society will label you as a grown adult
And I am sure that you will do all things as you ought
If you stumble I will be there to catch you safely in my arms
Even as I watch you enchant some young man with all of your charms

Teaching you by example and by word that each year is to revere
And that though life can be tough, you will persevere
As you sail into this realm of new and uncharted territory
I look forward to every word of your special life's story

(c) August 5, 2020  Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved

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About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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