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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
Update October 2019 This poem written on the day my first granddaughter (Jessica) was born, almost 22 years ago, now flows with a wonderful synchronicity: Jessica is now at University training to become a midwife!
Jessica also knows of the Law Of Attraction, and is interested in all things Spiritual! She has a beautiful personality, full of compassion and caring, so I know she will make an amazing midwife one day.
The cycle of life in a letter! I received the inspiration and wrote the letter on the day of her birth – the words were very meaningful for both of our lives, and her parents – and now as an adult, she is aiming to be delivering newborns into the world! And I’m sure will be bringing her ‘Light’ to all those whose life she ‘touches.’