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Love shown: A poem

Your hand was once so small in mine
as you slept silently
cooking, washing, feeding, cleaning
was how I showed my love back then
the responsibility to keep you safe heavy against my chest

You used to turn to me when you were afraid
believing I could fight the monsters in every dark corner
You used to hold my hand
trusting me with your whole world
and I would have fought dragons for you

I show you love in different ways
now that you are almost 6 feet tall
When money isn’t tight I’ll buy afternoon muffins
for you to devour after school
I stay silent but look forward to your thank you

I show my love by holding back my embraces
Instead I stop to listen to your musings
delighting in these moments when you share your world
“Mum, you’ve got to watch this 9 minute short film.”
“I think Bismarck was an incredible leader.”

And all too soon I’ll show my love
through my plastered on smile as I wave you goodbye
until you disappear into this big world
to live your great adventure
I will wave until my arms ache and I cannot see you anymore

Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash

For Bloganuary – Day 24. How do you show love?

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