To My Grown Up Son

Poems about sons growing up are always heartfelt (and will tug your heart-strings). We think this poem “To My Grown Up Son” by Alice E. Chase is particularly poignant.

by Alice E. Chase

newborn-606298_640My hands were busy through the day,
I didn’t have much time to play
The little games you asked me to,
I didn’t have much time for you.

I’d wash your clothes; I’d sew and cook,
But when you’d bring your picture book
And ask me, please, to share your fun,
I’d say, “A little later, son.”

I’d tuck you in all safe at night,
And hear your prayers, turn out the light,
Then tiptoe softly to the door,
I wish I’d stayed a minute more.

For life is short, and years rush past,
A little boy grows up so fast,
No longer is he at your side,
His precious secrets to confide.

The picture books are put away,
There are no children’s games to play,
No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear,
That all belongs to yesteryear.

My hands once busy, now lie still,
The days are long and hard to fill,
I wish I might go back and do,
The little things you asked me to.

You might also enjoy The Last Time Poem and A Letter from a Mother to her Daughter

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls