A Sonnet To My Children

Of all the things that make for sunny skies,
And send upon my heart a summer breeze,
I love you child, the coolness of my eyes,
My anchor as I weather stormy seas.

For when I put my arms around you, dear,
And feel the softness of your warm embrace,
It shrouds me in a love that is sincere,
A love that goes beyond this time and place.

But when I gaze into your sparkling eyes,
And see myself in all my vanity,
I gradually come to realize
How superficial a love can be.

Afford me love, surpassing mine for you,
Well-founded in a greater love that’s true.

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