Friday, June 13, 2014

Letting Go--By Joyce Johnson--United States

Letting Go

Little boy with hair in curl,
Pretty as most any girl.
Feed you well to make you grow,
Wishing time was turned on slow.

Watching with attentive eye.
Guarding from the tricks you try.
Climbing in the apple tree,
Falling may you fall on me.

Proud I am to see you growing,
Even though it's with the knowing
Each step is one more step away
From the little boy I love today.

For just this while I hold you tight.
Tuck you in to sleep at night.
Playing my part in bigger plan,
For my small son, too soon a man.

Joyce Johnson lives in the beautiful Skagit Valley of Washington State. She owns a small farm and rents her land to a bulb grower. She is surrounded by beauty in the spring from the tulips and daffodils that inspire much of her poetry. Joyce will celebrate her 96th birthday in July of 2014.


  1. Dear Joyce,
    Enjoy every minute with the young folks in your family! It must be wonderful to spend time with them. It may be sad to see them grow up because childhood is usually a carefree, happy time for children. I love your poem and was touched by the lines: "Each step is one more step away from the little boy I love today." How fast childhood passes by!


  2. I agree with Carolyn that your poem is very sweet and shows how awesome and vibrant and fun it is to raise a young family. Of course, it has its trying moments, but then again - that is life! There is also the sadness that one day they will grow up....... that, to me is the sad part...... Sheri /

  3. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following--

    Joyce - what a lovely tender write

  4. Very passionate, Joyce. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  5. Hello Joyce! So very nice to meet you on here! Time goes by...we grow...our children grow...and life cycle turns relentlessly. Love the way you expressed your feelings in this lovely poem. Take care. // paul

  6. Such a wonderful write Joyce. Very well done. take care best wishes. Pete.