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Today, I watched you
 Today, I watched you
As you lay in slumber
cocooned in the warmth of sleep;
Unfettered by care, worry or stress,
your lips broke into a dreamy smile.
That smile made my tired shoulders lift in love.
Today, I watched you
As you took the stage
Confident, poised and full of grace;
Singing a song with the confidence that
Can only come from the innocence that is childhood.
That song made me shed a few tears of joy.
Today, I watched you
As you spoke of a girl
Who needed to be shielded 
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From the curious eyes of the world;
You described how you and your friends formed a circle
So nobody would see her as she changed her attire.
That action made my heart swell with pride.
Today, I watched you
As you spoke ceaselessly of books
The ones that adorn your shelves, every corner and all the nooks;
You labeled the racks to know which was where
All on orange post-its to display your treasured wares.
That deed made me hug you with love.
Today, I watched you
As I watch you every day
blossom into a young girl
So different from that toddler at play;
The tomorrows are coming too soon for my liking
Just once, just today, can we slow down the clock?
Can I gaze at your cheeky grin, that warm glance 
That tells me how special you are?
Today, I want to watch you
Cuddle by my side
Eating ice-cream, giggling at cartoons, 
Exchanging tickles and kisses by the dozen;
Today, I want you to fall asleep in my arms
And I want to feel the nuzzle, the snuggle and the hugs
as I drift off into sleep’s warm embrace.

– To my Daughter, Gy




Shanmuga Priya Raj Kumar · November 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Oh, lovely, shailaja!! very lovely… Blessed is the little girl and so is the adorable mom 🙂 Hugs to you both 🙂

Nabanita · November 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

This is beautiful…She'll cherish this when she grows up…

Shilpa Gupte · November 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

That was such a beautiful poem, Shailaja!

Vinitha Dileep · November 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Oh, what a heart warming poem, shailaja. Beautiful.

Laurel Regan · November 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm

This is so beautiful – what a sweet and heartfelt poem. Thank you for sharing – I know your daughter will appreciate it.

elly stornebrink · November 22, 2014 at 2:32 am

A sweet tribute to your daughter Shailaja. I'm sure she will so appreciate it. I will never have such experiences of motherhood as you do. 🙂 <3

tulika singh · November 22, 2014 at 2:37 am

That was just beautiful Shailaja. Made me go all mushy. I want to stop time too just for a while. They really are growing up too fast.

totschooltotallyawesome · November 22, 2014 at 6:54 am

When do they grow up so fast and still remain so little. ((Beautiful))

Sanch LivingLife · November 22, 2014 at 7:17 am

Aww…so beautiful Shailaja! 🙂

Rajlakshmi · November 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

So so beautiful Shailaja 🙂 the way your feelings dances with the words … makes a lovely read. Gy seems to be becoming smarter and caring day by day 🙂

Ruby Manchanda · November 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

beautiful 🙂

Shilpa Garg · November 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Awwie! That's simply beautiful. This will be cherished by Gy so much when she reads it again after a few years! 🙂

searchingforsubstance · November 23, 2014 at 12:23 am

aww. tenderly written. your daughter will enjoy this poem when she is older, to know of her mother's thoughts and perspectives. =)

anushka patil · November 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

Well written!
Went through your other post, Amazingly written! Keep it up✌

Nabanita Dhar · November 21, 2016 at 9:06 am

I don’t know what else to say except ‘beautiful’. Gy will one day read this when she is a big girl and smile because she has you. Touchwood.
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    Shailaja · November 21, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Thank you, Naba. I sincerely hope so too 🙂

Lavina · November 24, 2017 at 10:46 am


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