A Poem for Kayla

by Darlene Chen
(Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA)


This is a poem I wrote for my granddaughter, which I got custody of because of neglect and abuse. She has been in counseling for 20 months now. She started home base recently to help her. No one can ever hurt her again.


I love you with all my heart.
I wish I could take away all the pain.
I love comforting you when you are sad.
I'll dry your tears away when you cry.
I'll laugh at your silly jokes.
I'll hold your hand while taking a walk.
I'll teach you how to cook and clean.
I'll teach you how to be a good mommy.
You are so special to me.
You make me laugh and feel young again.
When everything goes wrong,
I look at you and my whole world is right again.
Your hug in the morning makes my whole day.
I smile when I think about you.
I love wrestling with you.
I also love playing board games with you.
I love our snuggles at night.
I didn't give birth to you
But you are my daughter in every sense.
My heart melts when you call me Mommy.
You are very smart.
You worked hard to make better grades
and learning to read better.
I am so proud of you.
You've come a long way.
You'll make it with Mommy helping you.
I'll always be there for you.
I love you, baby girl!!!

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