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Tomorrow I Promise To Linger…

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You’ve closed your bright eyes now my darling,
You’ve given your all to this day.
And now that you’re sleeping so soundly,
There’s so much that I want to say…

I’m sorry I didn’t play longer,
You begged me for just one more game.
I regret all the times I ignored you,
I’m truly awash with the shame.

And sometimes I know I get shouty,
Your bottom lip wobbles with tears.
I pray that you know I don’t mean it.
It’s one of my deepest dark fears.

Tomorrow, I promise to linger,
And stare at the bugs on the ground.
I promise to try not to rush you,
And listen to your every sound.

I want you to know you’re amazing,
A tonic in every way.
You show me what life is about love,
You’re blazing bright, leading the way.

Your laughter can fill me with gladness.
Your smile holds more warmth than the sun.
I could stare at your profile for hours,
My beautiful, smart little one.

Please never doubt how much I love you,
The sight of you makes my heart swell.
The way that your cheek curves so plumply,
That wonderful, baby soft smell.

So sleep tight my angel, I’m with you,
Dream of a life filled with fun.
If I could stop things that would hurt you.
I’d do so, my brave little one.

Storms may rage over our castle,
And life can be so full of harm.
But all I can do is to love you.
You’re safe here in my loving arms.

I’d give all I have to protect you.
And bring you a world that is safe.
Till then I can only just hold you.
And wish all the badness away.

Donna Ashworth

Image: Maggie Chiang

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