. . . and he became a man

One last moment,
I just needed one.

My son,
your wedding so beautiful.
You pledged a lifetime of love
to this wonderful woman at your side
and I watched, tears in my eyes.

My son,
I looked on, so very proud of you.
Your compassion, caring,
your talent, accomplishments.
All things good.

My son,
I knew you must leave
cleave unto your love.
I knew that
and I looked on lovingly.

And when the ceremony was done
suddenly, in that crowded room,
just before the photos began
you came to me
overcome by emotion.

You were in my arms
and I flashed back.
Holding infant-you to my chest
comforting, nurturing.

And then you pushed back
asked for a tissue,
turned and walked to your wife.
And just like that,
you became a man.

But you’d given me,
that one last moment.

Day 29 in National Poetry Writing Month. Today Toads asks us to write about something that signaled almost the end. This was an amazing moment in my life….one that I remember distinctly and that my son, to this day, has no recollection of. For me, I am still grateful I had this one last moment with him as my young son. And by the way, he is a very happily married man with his bride/wonderful woman by his side and three delightful children.

10 thoughts on “. . . and he became a man

  1. Susie Clevenger April 29, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    This is so beautiful. I think every mother relives a child’s life in those precious moments of change.


  2. Nancy Jahnke April 29, 2020 / 4:41 pm

    Sweet Memories!

    Sent from my iPhone



  3. sanaarizvi April 29, 2020 / 8:34 pm

    A heartfelt write, Lillian 💝 A mother’s unconditional love shines through brilliantly in this one 🙂


  4. Jim April 30, 2020 / 2:25 am

    This is a precious scene you have portrayed. Good for both father and son.


  5. kim881 April 30, 2020 / 5:28 am

    I have tears in my eyes – I remember a similar moment with my daughter. Beautifully done, Lill!


  6. Ellecee April 30, 2020 / 8:58 am

    This is beautiful, so hard to let go of their childhood self. I relate so well as most mothers would.


  7. adda May 3, 2020 / 9:00 am

    So beautiful Lil! You expressed a heart full of love, tenderness, sadness, yet overjoyed and proud of the man you had developed and brought to this world. ❤


  8. areadingwriter May 13, 2020 / 3:56 am

    this almost moved me to tears, so much pride and love. ❤


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