Beautiful Bounty

by Ken Harnisch

Watching the newborn clasped lightly
In my daughter’s arms
I reverenced the beautiful bounty
Of a mother’s dream

How easily she took to
Those instincts of motherhood;
How sweet and long the smile
On her lips, one of utter contentment,
The likes of which her father
Had trouble recalling of its kind
In the preceding years

And watching them bond
In the godly silence
I saw the miracle of a mother
And child, formed into a union
On which billions of words
Had been spilled before
But only
The living sight
Did its pure and simple justice

And given a new reason to go on
I kissed my daughter’s cheek
And whispered words
To a new born boy
Then began writing a fresh chapter
In the book of life.


Author's Note: For my first grandchild, Dylan Christopher, born June 2, 2010

Posted on 06/15/2010
Copyright © 2022 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Linda Fuller on 06/15/10 at 12:49 AM

Beautiful poem...and congratulations!

Posted by George Hoerner on 06/15/10 at 03:56 AM

This bonding between mother and child is one of the great things in life. To this day my children can talk about anything with their mother because she knows how to talk to them and I, well lets just say I'm speechless. Great write Ken.

Posted by A. Paige White on 06/15/10 at 03:59 AM

Oh, what joy awaits you! That first grandchild... they are capable of birthing infinite beauties within your heart, just like this poem that reflects his beginning. Congratulations!

Posted by Carolyn Coville on 06/18/10 at 05:14 AM

How wonderful! Congratulations! This was so touching and made me miss my lil niece n nephew who are 1500 miles away even more...Can't wait to read more from this new chapter in your book of life :D

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/21/10 at 12:58 AM

Such a sweet scene here, with all the optimism of new life. Thank you.

Posted by Maria Massarella on 07/10/10 at 11:35 PM

How precious this is, Ken! I am in wordless wonder - feeling graced to see through a father's eyes so beautiful a miracle. Grazie.

Posted by Britt Zimmerman on 02/25/15 at 02:24 PM

I love this! My daughter is pregnant with my first grandson! This got me right in the heart... happy tears! Congrats on POTD! :)

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