A poem for my daughter

I love you so much more than you may think

But through all the hilarious clamour
of other huge people with their huge mouths and huge eyes wide
Huge hands flapping
Huge heads bearing down on you
Through all the rotten noise of everyone else always telling you
how high, how deep, how impossibly wide and stupid their love for you
I am afraid you will not hear me.

My voice will not go that loud
Because it isn’t coming through the loudspeaker of emotion
The microphone of hyperbole
the megaphone of urgency

I will love you quietly, with actions, instead.
I will shower you with a thousand tiny kindnesses, like a snow of daisies.

My darling, the world is loud and false
and, because I love you, I will not be.

I promise I will not shout at you
But I will listen
and think
and consult
and pause
and smile subtly with you

Lucy Written by:


  1. 7th March 2016

    that is the nicest thing ever

  2. 13th March 2016

    You're welcome 😉

  3. 18th November 2016

    Wish my oldest daughter should be able to read it.
    So bad she won't even listen to any of my whispers

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