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a child, leaving

a child, leaving

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Published by rlweisman
A poem for my daughter as she left for college
A poem for my daughter as she left for college

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Published by: rlweisman on May 14, 2009
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a child,leavingGo now: We’ll open the door for you.The wonders of the world lay before you.There is a room beyond this room;Beyond the circle of our arms.Distant sights and sounds await --Where other hands reach out to guide you.Rejoice: The world, sweet child,Is round like any other womb!Go now: You are ready to go.Leavings are lonely – We know.But look up and smile, for goingIs only a larger kind of living,And believe us, tomorrow will be better.(Take your jacket, and write us a letter.)Nothing stays:The ways of love are always moving.Love grows through painful partings;Nurtured by sweet memories that lingerFar longer than the warmth of a hugOr gentle caress.Go now: Before there is no light at all.(We’ll wish you “sweet dreams” when we call.)Good-bye now: And rememberThe advice we’ve given you – be polite,Listen to others, be confident, and do your best.Help those less fortunate whenever you can.R. Weisman, 1998 For Aly Page 2Don’t look back now: Your room will remain;Your cherished mementos all neatly arranged,Each one in its place, as if you were here.We’ll keep that illusion, to feel you are near.(Ashley will wonder where you have gone.We’ll feed her and pet her, so don’t worry dear.)Come on now: Nothing is really so bad.Think of what you’ve had and all we’ve shared:The joys, fears, laughter and tears.It’s all there in your packed belongings;The rightings and the wrongings of years.No – please... No tears.You are old enough --Leaving is a passage eons old.(Drink lots of milk, and eat wellso you won’t catch cold.)

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