We Only Part To Meet Again (2)

Title Quote: John Gay

The very first time we had to depart
We don’t remember, but it’s deep in our heart
We left our true home up above
Coming to Earth to create joy and love

All too soon as a child we face the loss
Our parents leave us and we get cross
It’s a vital early lesson we learn then
We Only Part To Meet Again

As the years go by friendships do too
Some people have many, others a few
Romances are another tug at the heart
When often we have to be apart

Leaving our parents is a parting we make
It’s a difficult step for each side to take
Mothers especially feel the loss, but then
We Only Part To Meet Again

All these partings that through life go on
Show us that we can survive and be strong
Separating can hurt for a time, but we must
Let go and move on, in faith and trust

All of us one day will make the journey back
Leaving our bodies, no clothes to pack
They’ll be rejoicing from many in Heaven when
We Only Part To Meet Again

Trina Graves – 25th November 2016


About This Poem

This was one of the times that when I had completed a poem using a quote as the title and theme and felt I wanted to write another but from a different perspective.

The first poem – We Only Part To Meet Again (1) –  I wrote for my family and friends, hoping that when my time comes to leave this Earthly life they will be able to read my words and feel uplifted by them. But, I am aware that the words I share also give meaning to others who read them too. 

Before writing this second poem I hadn’t given any thought to all the partings we experience throughout our lives, but of course, these are only physical partings because in reality we are never truly apart.. for we are all ONE.

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The Joys Of Parenthood

The greatest gift in life, you’ve received today
The birth of your precious little one, safely here to stay
Entrusted to your gentle, loving care
God knows that you are a wonderfully, devoted pair

Your lives will never again be the same
Now that you are parents, you have a new aim
To love and protect her, to nurture and to care
The joys of parenthood are beyond compare

The happiness, joy and love you now feel
Will stay with you forever, this love is so real
There is nothing in life that can compare to this
The birth of your cherished baby, brings you pure bliss

Trina Graves – 20th August 2007


About This Poem

This poem was written eleven years ago today! The years have certainly flown by and the precious little bundle of joy is now almost as tall as both her parents. 

My oldest daughter, Julie, always wanted to be a mother. From a young age she looked forward to the time when she’d get married and have children. With that attitude I always thought that she would be the first of my three children to make me a grandmother, but her brother surprised us all by becoming a father at seventeen. Julie of course became a wonderful aunt to her niece. Then five years later her younger sister, Emma, got married and had a daughter too, closely followed by a son. Julie doted on her nieces and nephew, but her relationships, so far, had not been right to settle down and have children. However, it wasn’t too long after this that she met a new man who seemed perfect to her. They moved in together and it wasn’t too long before she became pregnant. Becoming a mother was such a longed for experience  I wanted to write something to remember it by.  

They are now married and have two other children, Amy (8) and Lowen (3).

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Proud parents Julie & Mark with newborn Sophie (2007)

 

Baby Vows

I promise to always love you.
No matter what you will do or say, my love for you will always be unconditional.

I promise to nurture you.
Providing you with love, comfort and security to the best of my abilities.

I promise to always protect you.
Your safety and well-being will always be on my mind.

I promise to do my best.
I am only human and I will make mistakes, but I will always do the best that I can for you.

I promise to always be there for you.
Even later, as the years go by and we grow apart, know that you can always turn to me.

I promise to teach you right from wrong.
By my actions you will learn.

I promise to guide you.
Throughout your life I will act as your guide, either you will want to do the things that I do or say, or you will not want to do them, because I do!

I promise to be your anchor.
When life gets you down, I will be there to hold you and support you.

I promise to let you become independent.
As the years pass, I will ease you out into the world.

I promise to not use you as a pawn.
If my relationship with your other parent changes, I will always do what’s best for you and not bring my feelings into your relationship with them.

I promise to seek help when I need it.
We all need support sometimes, to cope with life’s problems.

I promise to let you find your own path to God.
I will show you my way, but you will be guided to your own path.

I promise to teach you tolerance.
We are all individuals and cannot always agree, but I will teach by my example to be tolerant.

I promise to teach you empathy for people & animals.
By always considering other’s feelings, you will not cause any unnecessary harm.

I promise to teach you the things of real value.
Love, Peace, Joy.  There are so many simple things in life to enjoy.

I promise to teach you to cherish our planet.
By example, you will learn to care for our environment.

Trina Graves – August 2002


About This Poem

Although I had my doubts about the negativity in the Christian religion I was brought up in, when my first child was born I had only just turned 18 and didn’t like to go against the norm, so she was Christened at the age of six months. However, by the time my son came along eight months later I decided to opt out of this family tradition, so he and my next daughter were not Christened. 

Moving on to the new millennium, my youngest daughter got married in early 2002 to a man who had been brought up as a Jehovah’s Witness. While dating she did attend some of their services to see if it was something she would wish to join, but soon realized it was definitely not for her! As she was not in the religion they married in a Registry Office. While pregnant with her first child it was obvious this baby was not going to be Christened and we talked about a Naming Ceremony.

Also at that time, my other daughter had been living with a Muslim for a few years, but was not taking on his religion. Different faiths were combining in my family, so I began to think of writing words for a Naming Ceremony. I liked the idea of parents making vows to the precious little Soul new to the world. 

I wrote these vows in August 2002, Lucy (my second grandchild) was born at the end of that year, she never had a Naming Ceremony so the vows were not used. But, as always, I kept them for future use.

I always felt it was interesting how different religions were being brought more into my awareness. As a young teenager I was a fan of the Osmonds and because of this took an interest in their religion (Mormons) which also led me to choose Religious Education as an exam subject at school. Now I can see it was all setting me on a path to lead me to where I am now!

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Lucy Zena (2002)

 

 

 

Before We Were Born

Before we were both born
We lived in a beautiful place
So different from this world we know
With no limits of time and space

We didn’t need a body
To contain our energy
We were free to explore ourselves
In any way we’d like to be

We were just the same back then
Not a child and their parent
We were Beings of Love and Light
Both powerful and magnificent

We had shared many lives before this one
It’s so much fun to change things around
You’ve been my brother, sister, parent, friend
The different ways to be, that we had found

For this life that we are in now
We talked about what we would like to do
We were ready to remember who we really are
And live our lives bringing spiritual love through

We knew that this would be quite difficult
In a world of limits, near and far
Our goal would be to become Awake
To the truth of who we really are

This time you chose me to be your parent
To love, guide you and help you see
The wonderful, powerful person you are
Creating your world with love energy

From you my child I would learn so much
About unconditional love
You came into my life to teach me
As an angel sent from up above

I only want what is best for you
But sometimes I can make a mistake
Like you I am learning to do my best
Together we will Awake

Trina Graves 14th May 2013


About This Poem

I think I was 11 years old when I began to question the religion I knew. (Christianity) I had been told (I can’t remember who by) that babies who were not Christened couldn’t be buried in a churchyard and this just didn’t make any sense to me. How could a pure innocent baby, newly entering this world, not be accepted by God? And then I remember pondering over the question of where are we before we are born? So, when I started to write some Spiritual Poems for children this was the first one I wanted to cover.

I am a firm believer in reincarnation, it just makes perfect sense and I have heard and read so many different stories of it over the years. I especially like the stories of young children who talk about past lives. I have been known to ask my grandchildren, once they were old enough to talk well, ‘Where were you before you were born?’ And, ‘Who were you before?’ but so far have not had any interesting answers! But, thinking about this now, I haven’t asked the more recent additions to the family, so I must do that!

The hearts on the picture below represent my three children (in this life!) and their offspring.  

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With my first two children (1980)

Let Them Follow Their Own Compass

Title Quote: Wayne Dyer

A baby contains an inherent, infinite Light
That shines so brightly from it’s Soul
Vividly luminous with Source Energy
We’re captivated, adoring beyond control

Time advances, the baby becomes a child
The Divine illumination begins to dim
Their link to Source has been shadowed
By the negativity they have taken in

As the child goes out into the big-wide world
School and society’s control gets a strong-hold
‘Bright Sparks’ may seem to be encouraged
But they too, must fit into the defined mould

Adolescence then adulthood urges onwards
By now most Inner Lights have been blocked
Conforming to everyone, but not their own desires
Keeps the door to their Soul firmly locked

But remember, there is nothing wrong about this
We planned our whole journey right from the start
By learning to follow our own Inner Guidance in life
We would retrieve the Light through our heart

One of life’s immense joys is parenthood
Overwhelming gifts this path can bring
Unconditional love its purest treasure
Lifting the Spirit, the Soul will truly sing

Whatever path we choose to take
No one else will be on the same
It’s so important to remember this
When focusing on your child’s aim

The Light inside them is also a compass
It can guide them their whole life through
Teaching them to choose right from wrong
Inner Guidance is always clear in what to do

Their Light Compass will always be there
If ever they have any troubles or doubt
What to do about it, which path to take
Their Inspiring Light will always shine out

Learning to use and trust their intuition
Connecting to their own Source Energy Light
Is the greatest blessing you can ever give them
And by example is the only way to teach it right

Trina Graves – 5th December 2016


About This Poem

Sometimes I come across a quote that I just know I need to make into a poem. I write it down in my notepad that I keep just for my poems. – I prefer to hand-write in pencil first of all, I have tried typing straight away but it just doesn’t feel right! – I also keep a list on the front inside cover of any titles or ideas that come to me, this happens most often upon first waking. Anyway, this quote from Wayne Dyer was one that I knew would be a poem.

With this title the poem was obviously going to be about letting children use their own intuition, to be connected to their own inner light rather than follow the guidance of others, even though it is thought to be in their best interest.

After praying and asking for guidance my thoughts drifted to how babies are so mesmerizing as if we are under their spell and I realized it is because they exude Source, they are pure beings of light.  But then why does that change? Why do we enter this world as the true beings we are but then become so much less? I hope this poem sheds some light on this and show that the only way to teach them to follow their own compass it to follow our own.

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My grandsons Joey & Tyler (2014)

Letter From Your Newborn

Dear Mummy and Daddy,
No matter what happens between us, during my childhood I will love you unconditionally.

You are my guide, my support, my lifetime anchor…
for whatever becomes of me depends on our time together.

From you I will learn what love is. I will learn to be confident or shy, giving or selfish, loving or cruel.
I will learn what is right and wrong, who I should respect and whether I should love and respect myself.

As I come into this world, into your tender care, I am a pure, clean sponge. I will soak up every look, every touch, every thought, every word, every feeling and they will mould me into the person that I will become.

So in the days, weeks, months and years ahead – please remember that – every thought, feeling, word, touch, and look… I will absorb.

If you treat me with love, caring, respect, tolerance, forgiveness and understanding – even when I do things wrong – then I will grow up into a kind, considerate, confident, loving, responsible, happy child and adult.

But if you treat me with intolerance, uncaring, harshness, words of anger and neglect…
I will be… sad.

Trina Graves – 22nd December 1997


About This Poem

This was my first poem, apart from the words I wrote in 1993 (see: About This Blog). I wrote it the day my first grandchild was born on 22nd December 1997. I sat to write some words for the congratulations card to my son and his girlfriend, but instead these words just flowed out. I never gave it to them, but just filed it away! 

Back then I had not heard of the Law Of Attraction, so I was amazed many years later when I pulled it out and found I had been writing about it so long before. Also, in the past few years I have been reading the work of people like scientist Bruce Lipton who now teach that children do indeed absorb everything, with no filters, for the first six years.

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