To My Future Daughter
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To My Future Daughter

To My Future Daughter
Southern Living

I have dreamed of you

In glimpses

I have seen your smile

and your laugh

and the way you hide your face

when you think nobody's watching

but they are watching, darling

And they see the beauty

radiating through you

Like sunlight

They want to bathe in it

Be blinded by it

But you won’t let them

because you think you are small

and you are scared

I won’t tell you you’re beautiful

but I will show you the world

I will whisper the secrets in your ear

that only you shall know

I won’t tell you you’re beautiful

but I will tell you that you can move mountains

with your tiny scarred hands

that try to hold the weight of the world

but darling, you don’t need to

I won’t tell you you’re beautiful

but I will hold you when everything falls apart

and he tells you he doesn’t love you anymore

and I will remember

I won’t tell you you’re beautiful

but I will remind you of your strength

I will remind you that you are a fierce warrior

and you bring men to their knees in your presence

but they are too weak to have the capacity

to hold so much greatness

I won’t tell you you’re beautiful

because maybe you are not what is considered


this day and age

but just remember

I have seen your soul, darling

and it is beautiful

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