Mine

I see in youMy Mom & Dad, Mackie & Helen
hopes and dreams,
mine —
sketched broad,
like soft brush strokes of clouds,
white on a mesmerizing
blue background;

Seedlings of a future,
mine —
tended by loving hands,
nurtured by warm sunlight,
blossoming into a fragrant garden
of beautiful flowers,
the sweetest fruit,
and gorgeous evergreens;

Friendship divine,
mine —
my heaviest moments are
spirited away
on luminous wings,
my brightest times are
enjoyed with you;

A promise,
mine —
that I am held safely,
sincerely
for all time,
secure from the world,
safe in love unconditional.

I see you,
I know I will breathe again.
I am eager for our tomorrows
because I recognize and realize
the best parts of me are
inspired by you.
And I am thankful that you are
mine.

©2002 by Shari Lynne Smothers

I wrote this poem for my brother’s wedding. My sister-in-law (to be, at the time) requested that I write something for their wedding. I didn’t know that I could pull it off; I had doubts for many reasons. After time, journaling, and a bad draft or two, I unearthed these words.

And, in case you’re wondering, the photograph is from my parents’ wedding, not my brother and sister-in-law.

13 thoughts on “Mine

  1. Thanks, Karen. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve been appreciating the magic behind technology a lot lately.

    I do plan to get back to writing more poetry, but I do put many things before it. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

    Shari

  2. Thanks, Karen. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve been appreciating the magic behind technology a lot lately.

    I do plan to get back to writing more poetry, but I do put many things before it. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

    Shari

  3. What a beautiful poem for a wedding Shari. I love the repetition of mine, and the way it’s spoken not out of fear or the desire to possess, but real love.

    Just lovely.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Joanna, I’m glad you like it. Thank you for saying so. And your interpretation is right on the nose.

    I’m glad I shared it. Though, admittedly, it took a measure of audacity that I don’t generally practice. And, you helped me tap into that. I seem to be working it out.

  5. I’m glad, Joanna. You should know that your work helps me a lot. I just don’t get a chance to say it often.

  6. I’m glad, Joanna. You should know that your work helps me a lot. I just don’t get a chance to say it often.

  7. What a beautiful poem for a wedding Shari. I love the repetition of mine, and the way it’s spoken not out of fear or the desire to possess, but real love.

    Just lovely.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Joanna, I’m glad you like it. Thank you for saying so. And your interpretation is right on the nose.

    I’m glad I shared it. Though, admittedly, it took a measure of audacity that I don’t generally practice. And, you helped me tap into that. I seem to be working it out.

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