A touching poem by Sally Meyer.

27 Sep

A POEM TO A CHILD FROM THE MOTHER
TO MY CHILD

Just for this morning, I am going to

Smile when I see your face and laugh

When I feel like crying.

Just for this morning, I will let you

Choose what you want to wear,

And smile and say how perfect it is.

Just for this morning, I am going to step

Over the laundry and pick you up and take you to

The park to play.

Just for this morning,

I will leave the

Dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put

That puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug

The telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with

You in the backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon,

 I will not yell once,

Not even a tiny grumble when you scream and

Whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one

If he comes by.

Just for this afternoon,

 I won’t worry

About what you are going to be when you grow up, or

Second guess every decision I have made where you are  concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you

Help me bake cookies, and I won’t stand over you

Trying to fix them.
Just for this afternoon, I will take us

To McDonald’s and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can

Have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in

My arms and tell you a story about how you were

Born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you

Splash in the tub and not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let you

Stay up late while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle

Beside you for hours, and miss my favourite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my

Finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be

Grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.

I will think about the mothers and

Fathers who are searching for their missing children,

the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children’s

Graves instead of their bedrooms.

 The mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms

Watching their children suffer senselessly

and screaming inside that little body

And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold

You a little tighter, a little longer.

It is then,

That I will thank God for you, and ask him for

Nothing, except one more day………….

———–  ——– ———-  ———–  ——-

I don’t know the name of the poet.

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10 Responses to “A touching poem by Sally Meyer.”

  1. mouna September 28, 2007 at 4:00 am #

    lovely.

    whenever B comes home, my parents make sure to leave their work mid-way to play with her. thus, the meal is delayed, we sleep late, the tv and the pc is switched off.

    my mum always asked me shut the pc off, when B was around. the job would be done, with grumbling thrown in of course ;)
    i’m glad i did it. i have spent amazings time with her. i realise it now, as i’m away from home :)

  2. TSSM September 28, 2007 at 6:01 am #

    A lovely poem madam,

    Actually the title of this poem is :
    JUST FOR THIS DAY
    Author: Sally Meyer (1999).
    You can view her other poems in

    The poems are really wonderful, tugs the heart strings.

    With best wishes

  3. neela September 28, 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    @mouna : I am glad b has had such wonderful times with you.
    I wish all kids have ..
    @TSSM : Sir, thanks for the info.yaako link bundilla.google maadtini. Thanks again.

  4. Sally Meyer September 29, 2007 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi there,
    I am the author of the poem, it’s been sent all over the web, oftentimes without my permission. could you please contact me at Rainmom2000@aol.com

    Sally Meyer

  5. neel3 September 29, 2007 at 4:06 pm #

    @ Sally Meyer :That is a touching poem you have penned.
    Most people think that the daily grind of washing , changing, feeding , mentoring is all that is there to do in bringing up a child.They forget to cater to the little one’s emotional needs.

  6. neel3 September 29, 2007 at 4:25 pm #

    @ Sally Meyer : Please check your mail.Do note the title of this post now.

  7. Anand Balaji October 3, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    Nice poem… and if the intention of the poetess, Sally Meyer, was to put her child to sleep, her end is achieved easily… HAHAHAHAHA:)
    Anyone know of Mr. Brevity???
    PS: Touching poem though!

  8. Tamayra December 13, 2007 at 11:39 pm #

    dAMMnn!! I donn get it, wat is this poem bout?? cud sum1 explain?? THXX

    -Tamayra

    • Pogo April 18, 2010 at 6:08 am #

      I have this poem with some slight changes in it in my cabinet from a previous owner of the house whose daughter had cancer according to the poem. He wrote it up and taped it in the cabinet where she would see it every day.

      I think the cancer part is a great example to explain the meaning: a parent’s beloved child is undergoing some kind of disease or illness or is slowly dying from some other cause. The parent gives up stuff and does things he wouldn’t have other wise done to try and make up for the time he lost doing other things rather than showing his child how much he/she loved him/her.

      Or at least that’s my take on it. =)

  9. toni February 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Today I was going thru some old papers and found an old email from my daughter.

    It was dated June 12th,2000. The data she sent me was a poem, without a title,

    author and was missing the starting stanza’s. Thanks to you I have found those

    missing elements. The poem is “Just For This Day”.My daughter died 4 years ago

    at the age of 44. I still would like God to give me “Just One More Day”

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