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If I Should Have a Daughter

If after I am old and grown,
When I have a daughter of my own,
I will sit her down and tell her,
All the things I wish I’d known.

I will tell her all I learned
From touching the fire and getting burned
I will teach her from all my mistakes
And impart the wisdom I have earned.

Yet I know she will not hear me.
Good as my advice might be.
She will look for the knowledge by herself
The knowledge I already see.

But once she is old and grown
She will remember the wisdom I’d known
She will remember as she tells it
To a daughter of her own.



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OakwoodCat said...
Oct. 3, 2013 at 10:48 am:
This is great!!! I loved that you focused on passing on your wisdom to your daughter... very touching in a weird way... Keep writing!!!
 
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Jun. 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm:
Ahh I got chills on that last line. So very true.   I try to listen to my mother, and anyone my elder for that matter. I value the fact that they have experiences I can learn from, good or bad. Though, sometimes it is difficult to relate to certain pieces of advice, with times being ever changing and all. Well anyway, this was a wonderful, thought provoking piece. I loved every bit of it! I'm enjoying your work.     
 
DifferentTeen replied...
Jun. 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm :
That was my comment by the way, I don't know why my screen name wasn't posted. ^.^
 
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PhoenixCrossing said...
Jun. 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm:
The topic of this poem is so raw; I love it. The style is cute but the rhyming seems forced.
 
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MckayThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm:
I like the irnoy in this poem. It's so true.
 
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