Music Friday Prompt #15 “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright – Three Daughters

First one born into a world that was so certain

Where I thought this baby thing would be easy

But you didn’t read the memo

You led me up a path of discovery

Wonder and at times utter frustration

As I walked the floor instead of sleeping

Curious how someone so little

Would not sleep when I was so dog-tired.

Then another, I thought I have a handle on this

Babies cry, its what they do

But you didn’t, you were so good

Lying in my arms upon your birth

Looking into my eyes, awakening to me

We have since been connected.

A curly headed kid, who suffered more than you should

And yet grew into a swan.

And a third, the littlest, most fragile

A personality all your own, nestled into a growing family

Fussed over by siblings, we thought you lacking

We joked, as you didn’t flourish as you might

That there’d be one not as the others.

We discovered you couldn’t see

Realised what aware parents we weren’t

Glasses allowed you to prosper in a new world.

Three daughters each an individual

Grown into women of merit and worth

Each knows her place in the world

I am so proud to see them achieve potential.

Their children tiny reflections of them

Personality and character traits passed on,

Love and compassion, connection to each other

Never have we failed each other.

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9 Responses to Music Friday Prompt #15 “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright – Three Daughters

  1. J Lapis says:

    I get so tearful when I read these that you write about love and family; so deeply tender, heart fiercely committed–I weep with wishing I might have been born in your family…silly, I know, but it’s how I feel each time I read one like this. Beautiful, well done–what else is there to say…

  2. mandy says:

    A father is the first most important man in a girl’s life. It’s a huge responsibility, but one that will pay off for both father and daughter. Clearly you were the dad every little girl should be so lucky to have, and I’m sure they, as adults now, consider you the same treasure that you do them. This is a beautiful piece, Michael.

  3. Thank you so much for creating this work of art. I have two growing babies six years apart from each other. You reminded me of when they had just begun 🙂

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