Wednesday, 24 June 2009

For Rose on her Ninth Birthday


A Wish For Our Children

On this doorstep I stand year after year and watch you leaving,

and think: May you not skin your knees,

may you not catch your fingers in car doors.

May your hearts not break.

May tide and weather wait for your coming

and may you grow strong to break all the webs of my weaving.


Evangeline Paterson
20th Century

9 comments:

Lorraine said...

Sian- Such a wonderful age to be. May she have the best birthday ever.

Wayfaring Wanderer said...

Ouch! Yes, no fingers in car doors! I remember all to well how painful that was....YIKES!!


Happy Birthday Miss Rose!

Deborah Godin said...

Yes, all those things (even the last, I suppose!) and a happy birthday, too, for your Rose.

Patois said...

That's beautiful. I don't know that I'm able to want them to "break all the webs of my weaving" but I know I should want that.

Happy happy happy to you all.

Kim said...

That's beautiful, and Happy Birthday to Rose :)

Kim x

Gina said...

belated birthday wishes to Rose

Love and hugs Gina xxx

robin said...

may (her) heart not break.

hope she had a wonderful birthday.

Nan and =^..^= said...

What a beautiful wish for Rose...a very happy birthday to her!

Technodoll said...

How absolutely beautiful... Happy B-Day, Rose!