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Now that you are all "Grown Up"

by Lori Blair

Now that you're sixteen you're driven to drive

You say you're gonna abide traffic lights

but you know I don't know if it's true

there is a lot that die with less insight

and you know I know you are smart

though, not all care,

they are just driven to survive



from here to there

and there to here



cuz it's so true



I know I am a mom

but as a mom I know



oh, I do know


there are sometimes I am smarter

than you, you know


it's true


but please know I love you

cuz it is the truth

and not a lie, and how I so still smile



just know I love you cuz I do


and so


You have a girlfriend now, so I have heard

that is the word from those friends from high school

and though I was the last to hear the news

I was the first to congratulate you

cuz some don't, though you know I do care


and how my heart hurts when I hear the truth

you don't want to go to college, you know you won't

cuz we spoke of it and you don't want to lose

you say there are no jobs out there for you

but I know you know you are smarter

though, not all would care

yet, you know that I do, truth


from here to there

and there to here



cuz it's so true



I know I am a mom

but as a mom I know


oh, I do know


there are sometimes I am smarter

than you, you know



it's true



so please know I love you


cuz it is the truth

and not a lie, and how I do smile


no it's not a lie

it is the truth!

and somehow, now, I still do smile!

12/06/2011

Author's Note: For Josh, I do love you, regardless of what you do or don't do

Posted on 12/06/2011
Copyright © 2021 Lori Blair

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joe Cramer on 12/07/11 at 01:56 AM

... excellent.....

Posted by George Hoerner on 12/07/11 at 02:21 PM

Moms just have a way with talking to sons and daughters and you say the important things!!

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 12/07/11 at 07:47 PM

There are no adequate substitutes for a father and/or mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, so other system, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things. Nice write. Thanks.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 12/07/11 at 09:26 PM

Good stuff. No argument on that front.

Posted by JJ Johnson on 12/07/11 at 10:52 PM

OK OK Mom, and I promise to wear my seat-belt and make my girlfriend wear one too, and I won't drink and drive and I will only play my guitar during daylight hours in safe neighborhoods... lol, cos it's the truth and not a lie, you know... It's a wonderful poem from a mom to her son. And don't they just grow up way too fast? How lucky to have a mom like you...

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 12/08/11 at 12:12 AM

...'grown up! Kai says it now, at 5. i love this, you can't fault them for 'thinking' that---jus love 'em more. great write.

Posted by Adam Dyson on 12/08/11 at 04:17 PM

I think it's the hardest pill to swallow but the most lovingly taken, that our children must learn for themselves despite our scar-won wisdom. We may now wish WE had listened those past years, but we didn't, because we needed to learn that way too. Beautifully told with deep love and concern but with gentle acceptance.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 12/08/11 at 06:44 PM

Wish I'd gotten a poem like this from my mom when I was 16. I'd have ignored it then, no doubt...but as the years went on and its wisdom seeped into my marrow I'd be treasuring it now. Great job, Lori!

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 12/14/11 at 03:56 AM

spoken like a true mom! and that's a great thing! and i'm going to throw in an echo of what ken said, probably would have ignored it then, but i can really feel it now.

Posted by Kristine Briese on 12/14/11 at 09:12 PM

This should be set to music! What wonderful rhythm!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 02/01/12 at 02:52 PM

growing pains the heart of moms throughout. if only children could always abide by a mom's side but they can't and what to do, what to do, but send them out into the world replete with love that moms such as yourself provide. your love is wide Lori and e'er expanding and all encircling, so sons have less to concern them in this wide world and cruel. and love is the lesson only moms can teach. it reaches from here to the man in the moon who has no mom, or dad but the surrogate one which is the sun.

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