Jennifer L Granville

For Anna - Poem by Jennifer L Granville

Once I met a sweet little girl
Who greeted me with a tentative smile
And held my hand
On that first day
Joining with me in the mundane
Shopping for silly things
Consumed without notice
Except by you
We looked for love
Each in her own sphere

Little Anna
Golden inside and out

With such a beautiful heart
Oh child, you will never understand
In the innocence of youth
What you gave to my tired, old soul
Showing me how great love truly is
How much love really means
Showing me how much love can be appreciated
Giving me more than anyone deserves
For a simple note, hidden in a paper sack
Or weighty confidences whispered under a blanket

I know what that lovely heart seeks
Dearest child

One who can love so well
So vulnerably
Loves with such care
Because she hungers for just a fraction back

But is taken by surprise when it does come back
To greet her

You are beautiful
Dearest girl

Someday, you will know it
Without having to work a single day
To make it so
Without feeling
You need to be good to deserve it

I know your precious heart
And someday

You will too

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 17, 2009

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