A Song for Willow, my daughter

You always greet the world with
Your generous smile

There’s a song in your heart
That none can defile

Collecting all the pieces
And putting them in time
Is the work of a dented artist
Oh, sweet child of mine

The way you point your toes
And tidy up your hair

Your uproarious laugh with
Chocolate from ear to ear

Your tender touch to a soul
Who’s feeling lost in fear

Collecting all the pieces
And putting them in time
Is the work of a dented artist
Oh, sweet child of mine

Gazing past some aperture and
Into what will be

There’s fantasy in your life and it
Just means the world to me

Mapping out the future with the
Neatness of position one

The spirits and the notions of
The fables of when we’re young

Hold onto your naïve spirit, Dear
The brand which stands you out

When others hear your essence
All will stand and shout

When pain and hate and bigotry
Arrive like a wounded herd

Be sure to smile with Willowness
And let their shame be met

Collecting all the pieces
And putting them in time
Is the work of a dented artist
Oh, sweet child of mine

There’s none so pure as purity
Your heart sings a song of clarity

Your smile of serendipity
Assures they’ll all forget

Speak out your wondrous voice of love
Too bold to keep it “mum”

There are caverns in the souls of many;
Most think of it humdrum

Count out the world’s rich blessings
Most think of them too few

But there’s one factor they all forgot
They factored not in you!

Go tell all the captain’s troop
It’s time to saddle up

Willow’s on her favourite steed
Frail fortune in her cup

Collecting all the pieces
And putting them in time
Is the work of a dented artist
Oh, sweet child of mine

This is you my Darling girl
Few can dare so bold

Dare to even dream these things
At only seven years old
You are my darling daughter , Dear
Of this I am so proud
It’s time to tell the world of this
Again, I’m just so proud

©Edward Bryans, November 2016

I wrote this a few years ago and like all fathers, I love my Willow to bursting point.
She is just incredible and more than I can put into words.

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