For You

By GB

G, you’re the greatest thing that’s happened to me
And I will do my best to never let you down
My plan is to give you the world
I always want you smiling
I can’t be there now
But best believe I want to
So when I am there…
I guarantee there’s nothing we won’t do

You may be only a baby now; I don’t care
I want to bathe you, play with you, feed you, dress you
And all day hold you in my arms
As long as I live, it doesn’t matter how old you get…
You are my baby boy, my first son
And because of that I will protect you from all harms

You want me at your basketball game, your school play?
I’ll be there…I won’t miss a score or a line, and I promise you that
Even if you’re only on the bench the whole game
Even if you only got one line
Imma still be proud of you
And I’ll be in the stands
With a “my son is the best” hat

You having trouble with your homework? I’ll be there to help
And I’ll have your mom there to help me
I’m going to push you to strive for excellence
With your mother’s brilliance and my potential
There’s nothing you can’t do
So son, everything I said, I meant it
Every word I said is true
I love you son, so son I’m here any time
And there is nothing I won’t do…
For You

Comments

  1. Your letter to your son is powerful and moving. Knowing that your parents value you and look forward to being reunited with you helps a child feel hopeful and better able to tolerate the separation. When your baby is older and able to read, he will have written proof that he was always central in your heart.

    I really like your writing style. It is direct and clear, and I like your use of specific examples of things you want to you with your son.

    Beautiful work!

  2. GB, this is such a touching poem about your child. My father always told me that every child deserves to be the center of someone’s world at least one time every day – it seems like your child is the center of your world. I love the hope that your poem conveys. It would be great if you could work some rhyming into this poem. Thank you for sharing this and please keep writing – Emily

  3. This is a stunningly touching poem. I fervently hope that you will be able to show it to your son someday. Every child needs his parents’ love and attention to grow into a successful adult, and it sounds like you will give your son what he needs to succeed. My piece of advice would be to READ to him as much as possible, and foster a love of reading and writing in him from an early age. It will serve him well in life. I also just want to share that your mention of the school play (“Even if you only got one line”) resonated with me. Even when I was very young, I guess I was such a bad actor that my drama teacher only gave me one line in every play, though I desperately wanted to have more than 10 seconds onstage. Well, my parents were always there, just to see those 10 seconds, and I appreciated that. And so will your son, I promise you. I just hope his drama teacher is nicer than mine was 😉

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