My Precious Little Gift

By SM

I’m grateful for my daughter
Just as much as a farmer is for rain in Texas
I love her more than bees love honey
I love her because when I look at her
I see an innocent little girl
That I can show more things than my peoples showed me
I am grateful for my daughter
Because when I watched her mother give birth to her
I realized that life was as precious as a VVS diamond
Or a AP Rolex
I need her more than I need oxygen in my lungs
I love her so much that if there was a scale
I would break the scale

23 Comments

  1. Stephanie R Folkner on November 30, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    This is such a powerful message, as a daughter I am touched that you can articulate the love you have for your daughter in such a powerful message. This is a wonderful poem and touches the hearts of many.

  2. Cy Maceda on December 1, 2020 at 3:45 PM

    I loved reading this poem because I can feel the unconditional love that you have for your daughter. I’m pretty sure she feels it too.

  3. Anne on December 1, 2020 at 4:53 PM

    SM, I think your poem is so precious! It is so amazing to hear about a parent’s love for their child because there is nothing greater. I love your poem. Keep on writing!

  4. Vanny Hall on December 1, 2020 at 10:36 PM

    I love this poem, and especially the last lines, which I think any parent can identify with: that overwhelming, selfless love for one’s child: so great that it cannot be measured. (It “would break the scale.”) It reminded me of Shakespeare’s Sonnet #116, which I know by heart, and especially the lines:

    “[Love] is an ever-fixed mark
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is a star to every wandering bark
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.”

    These lines say that real love (like the love for a daughter you write about in this poem) is something immeasurably huge that can be absolutely relied on. It’s like the stars. When sailors in the 1600s were lost at sea (a “wandering bark” means a lost boat), they used sextants to figure out their position from the angle of the stars, because the stars were absolutely reliable and unchanging. But even though they could measure the stars’ “height,” they could never know their “worth” — their strength or volume. They couldn’t measure that, because it’s too huge—just as the parent’s love in this poem is so great that it can’t be measured without breaking the scale.

    I hope you daughter will be able to read this poem some day. She will treasure it.

  5. Keyana H. on December 7, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    I really like this poem! You portray the way you feel about you daughter very well. I sense that constant and undying love for you child.

  6. Cameron on December 7, 2020 at 2:28 PM

    SM,

    I love this poem! You do a great job describing your love for your daughter—and you give such a wide variety of examples too, which creates such a fun imagery. One of my favorite group of lines are: “I love her because when I look at her/ I see an innocent little girl/ That I can show more things than my peoples showed me…” I think that really does show your love of your daughter; you want to pass on your knowledge that was both gained from your childhood and adulthood. This is such a wonderful poem!

    -Cameron

  7. Joyce on December 7, 2020 at 4:16 PM

    Dear SM,

    This poem is so powerful and beautiful. Your love for your daughter is crystal clear, your passion transcends the page. I love that you want to give your daughter more than you had, and that you love her more than your own oxygen you breathe. Your daughter must feel so lucky and proud to have you as her parent. I hope that you and your daughter get to spend your lives loving and supporting each other, this sounds like a love that can overcome any hardship.

    Sincerely,
    Joyce

  8. Katherine on December 8, 2020 at 2:53 PM

    You love is so apparent and powerful. I love the comparisons to nature with the rain and honey, they bring personality.

  9. Maggie on December 8, 2020 at 7:56 PM

    I really liked the comparisons you used here for your daughter! They help to make the point even more clear, and I thought this poem was really well written!

  10. Keegan Connolly on December 9, 2020 at 5:11 PM

    SM,
    Loved this poem! I enjoyed the story and could really feel how much you love your daughter. The bond between a man and his daughter is so important and strong and your poem really captures that raw emotion. I also loved the comparison to the rain in Texas, a great way to help the readers understand the feelings that they may not be able to personally relate to. Great work!

  11. JM on December 10, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Dear SM,

    Thank you for sharing this poem– I really liked the image of being grateful for your daughter as a farmer is for rain in Texas. That was such a clever and vivid image to use, and the rest of the poem was no less powerful. You’ve clearly articulated a boundless love for your daughter in such a beautiful way. I hope you continue to write and share.

    Best,
    Joseph

  12. Tashayla Hawkins on December 11, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    Beautiful! A parent will go through the toughest storm to let their child have a great future.

  13. Callie Cloran on December 13, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    SM, this is a very special poem. It shows the unbreakable bond you have with your daughter. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Abby on December 13, 2020 at 3:38 PM

    This poem was so beautiful and it made me very emotional. The love that you have for your daughter is so immense and clear through your words and I am so glad that she has someone like you to love her. This was amazing.

  15. Sabryn Ferchichi on December 16, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    SM,

    This was so sweet and endearing! It reminds me of the song “you are my sunshine,” but better. The love you express for your daughter speaks volumes in here and the repetition of the usage of similes and metaphors to convey your love for her is shown so descriptively and eloquently. My favorite line is “I need her more than I need oxygen in my lungs.” This use of symbolism reiterates the theme that you can’t live without her. Well done.

  16. kassidilenae on December 19, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    SM,

    Thank you for sharing this with us! Children can be such a blessing. They teach us what selfless love is and challenge us to be our best selves. Keep writing!

    KC

  17. Jescie Roberts on December 20, 2020 at 1:34 PM

    Hey SM! This poem makes me think about my relationship with my dad a lot. Being the only daughter in the family, I feel that your words are similar to how my father sees me and it is heartwarming. I also love all the metaphors you use to show your love and appreciation for your daughter because it helps your audience truly understand the major importance of your love for your child. Good work!

  18. Merritt Reese on December 21, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    SM,
    I really enjoyed reading this poem. The love you show for your daughter through your writing is so admiring and contagious. I especially love the first two lines, and I also really liked the line “I need her more than I need oxygen in my lungs.” This line in particular really shows how much you care for her and need her in your life. You are a very beautiful writer and I hope I can read more of your poems!

  19. Brandi on January 14, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    I love how you compared your love for your daughter is greater than other things such as bees loving honey. You use this to beautifully show how much you really love her and that is wonderful.

  20. Miranda on January 17, 2021 at 1:25 AM

    Hello SM, I can feel your emotion breaking through your words. You portray the love you feel for your little girl, but also the strong responsibility you feel for her, to teach her about the world in ways you were not taught. If you can be as honest and open with your daughter throughout her life as you were in this poem, I know you will succeed in being a great father.

  21. Jordan on January 18, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Hi SM,
    This was such a beautiful poem! Describing your love as being stronger than material things, such as a VVS diamond or an AP Rolex, shows that you can’t put a price on true, unconditional love! Your daughter is so lucky to have you in her life! Keep up the great work!

  22. Riti Kalra on January 18, 2021 at 8:09 PM

    The power of your love is shown so well here. You will do anything for your daughter and I love the stylistic choices you made to portray that. I admired the line “I love her so much that if there was a scale
    I would break the scale.” I love the aspirations you have made for her childhood based on your own.

  23. Samantha on January 19, 2021 at 8:32 PM

    SM,

    This poem was beautiful! We can really sense the love and admiration you have for your daughter. I hope that she will read this one day and that it will be a continued reminder of how much she is loved by you! Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem with us!

    Best,

    Samantha

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