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In My Daughter's Eyes

In My Daughter's Eyes

A Poem by Frances Smart
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The revolving genetic door...

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I remember when I was young
No more than seventeen
Being so sure that I would never
Treat my children
The way my mother treated me
 
I would never be unkind, or impatient
I would teach my children anything
They were willing to learn
And most importantly of all
I would never raise my voice
 
And then I had my daughter
And everything I thought I knew
Gave way to sheer survival instinct
When I found my daughter looking back at me
Through my mother’s eyes
 
I saw the same stubbornness
The same willfulness
The same intelligence
It took me a while
But then I realized
That it was not my mother’s eyes
But my own that were looking back at me
 
And I realized
That we had come full circle
And that in my efforts
To keep my daughter
From growing up
To be just like me
I had become
Just like my mother
 
And suddenly, that wasn’t
Such a bad thing after all
Because I have a daughter
Who is strong, and beautiful
And determined to be
Everything that I never was
 
And I pray that one day
She finds herself
By looking in her daughter’s eyes

© 2013 Frances Smart


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Oh the memories you bring... I wonder if we all feel the same? This is a well written poem with a very good point! I really enjoyed reading it. Maybe someday one or more of my girls will get to look into their daughters eyes and see themselves, it would be a beautiful thing. I think a couple of them are already seeing themselves (and me) in their little boys eyes! Great job, really excellant enjoyable read. Thank you. :)

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This was truly heartwarming. I love how you imply the overcoming of struggles by learning from your past, living in your childhood to make the future better for both yourself and your child. This was a great piece...it truimphants over struggles, and truly shows the concept of what does not kill you only makes you stronger...

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Very nice poem. It makes you think how similar we are to our parents. We can't avoid that reality no matter how hard we try. They live in us and our children will live in us.

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this was very well put. You have a way with words,of how your feeling.you did a good job i really liked it a lot.

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A very beautiful heartfelt poem. Thank you for sharing. Debileah

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2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Oh the memories you bring... I wonder if we all feel the same? This is a well written poem with a very good point! I really enjoyed reading it. Maybe someday one or more of my girls will get to look into their daughters eyes and see themselves, it would be a beautiful thing. I think a couple of them are already seeing themselves (and me) in their little boys eyes! Great job, really excellant enjoyable read. Thank you. :)

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How beautiful. The potent words and emotion blew me away. Great job keep it up.

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This is such a powerful and emotionally moving piece...It is such a beautiful poem! Great Work!

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Frances Smart
Frances Smart

Charlotte, NC



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I'm divorced, 46, a ten-year military veteran with two college degrees, one in English education and one in theology. I am the non-custodial parent of two delightful children, and girl and a boy, ages.. more..

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