Unconditional love letter to my kids

Written by Line Monique Gauthier |
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From generation to generation

Times have changed so much

By leaps and bounds

Back when technology did not exist

I grew up in a family of 13 kids

Survival was the game of life

Working hard day and night

Trying to make a better life

Nothing was easy

You just did your best

And hoped to reap some reward


Since I tried to live my life

Like an open book

I thought you’d understand

I helped raise six hungry kids

Fed them, sent them to school

And gave them their wings


Six impressionable little minds

Had I known my words would mean so much

All I knew was you needed to be tough

To be ready to face life

So I taught you what I learned

Convinced all you needed were the basics

And you would find your way


I didn’t think I’d be doing you any favours

By painting rosy pictures and

I wouldn’t have known how

My models were two hard working parents

Whose fulltime job was to feed and clothe 13 kids

Barely making ends meet

No time for dreams, barely time for sleep

Too exhausted to even keep up

With the treadmill of daily living


Like baby birds I sent you off from the nest

To stretch your new wings and fly on your own

Find your way and do better than me if you could


I didn’t think I was remiss I gave it my all

Careful not to lose myself in the process

Teeter tottering to maintain balance

Keeping that all important flame alive within

So one day I could be free again to be me


I wish I had told you more often

That I love you and I’m proud of you

I thought my actions would speak louder than words


We each have our journey to live and learn from

I am watching over you from above


Better late than never

I want to tell you today that I love you

And I hope you have a fulfilling life

Until we meet again


Dad xx 


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Form of Poetry

Free verse

Author: Line Monique Gauthier
I started writing poetry as a teenager and the passion for it flourished since retiring. I also dabble in photography, watercolour and acrylics. I created what I call Flash Memory Therapy. I am an active member of Haiku Canada and PoetrySoup.com. My poetry is down-to-earth and meant to be understood as opposed to impress with hifalutin words.
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