Readings and Poems
A variety of readings and poems contribute to the tone of the ceremony you would like to create. I have a few favourites as I'm sure you have your own. Choose the reading and reader that will reflect your love and committment to your child.
May God bless and keep you alwaysMay your wishes all come trueMay you always do for othersAnd let others do for youMay you build a ladder to the starsAnd climb on every rungMay you stay forever youngForever young, forever youngMay you stay forever youngMay you grow up to be righteousMay you grow up to be trueMay you always know the truthAnd see the lights surrounding youMay you always be courageousStand upright and be strongMay you stay forever youngForever young, forever youngMay you stay forever youngMay your hands always be busyMay your feet always be swiftMay you have a strong foundationWhen the winds of changes shiftMay your heart always be joyfulMay your song always be sungMay you stay forever youngForever young, forever youngMay you stay forever young
C. Day Lewis
This mannikin who just now broke prison and stepped free Into his own identity--Hand, foot, and brow A finished work, a breathing miniature--Was still, one night ago, A hope, a dread, a mere shape we had lived with, only sure Something would grow Out of its coiled nine-month nonentity.This morsel of man I've held--What potency it has,Though strengthless still and naked asA nut unshelled! We time-worn folk renew Ourselves at your enchanted spring, As though mankind's begun Again in you. This is your birthday and our thanksgiving.
Zuni Indian Prayer
Now this is the day. Our child, Into the daylight You will go standing. Preparing for your day.Our child, it is your day,This day. May your road be fulfilled. In your thoughts may we live, May we be the ones whom your thoughts will embrace, May you help us all to finish our road.
May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun,the softness of the rain and the mystery of the moon reach you and fill you. May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you, May wonder fulfil you and love surround you. May your step be steady and your arm be strong, May your heart be peaceful and your word be true. May you seek to learn, may you learn to live, May you live to love, and may you love - always.
My Dear Child
You are the poem I dreamed of writing, The masterpiece I longed to paint.You are the shining star I reached for in my ever-hopeful quest For life fulfilled...You are my child. Now with all things I am blessed.
from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children." And he said: "Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.
I loved you from the very start,You stole my breath, embraced my heart.
Our life together has just begun.
You’re part of me my little one.
As mother with child, each day I grew,
My mind was filled with thoughts of you. I’d daydream of the things we’d share,Like late-night bottles and Teddy bears. Like first steps and skinned knees,Like bedtime stories and ABC’s. I thought of things you’d want to know, Like how birds fly and flowers grow.I thought of lessons I’d need to share,Like standing tall and playing fair.When I first saw your precious face,I hoped your life be touched with grace. Each night I lay you down to sleep,I gently kiss your head and cheek.I count your little fingers and toes;I memorize your eyes and nose.I linger at your nursery door,Awed each day I love you more.Through misty eyes, I dim the light,I whisper, “I love you” every night.I loved you from the very start,You stole my breath, embraced my heart.As mother and child our journeys begin,My heart’s yours forever little one.
From the Tao Te Ching
Giving birth and nourishing, having without possessing, acting with no expectations, leading and not trying to control: this is the supreme virtue.
I Want You To Be Happy
I want you to be happy. I want you to fill your heart with feelings of wonder and to be full of courage and hope. I want you to have the type of friendship that is a treasure - and the kind of love that is beautiful forever. I wish you contentment: the sweet, quiet, inner kind that comes around and never goes away. I want you to have hopes and have them all come true. I want you to have a real understanding of how unique and rare you truly are. I want to remind you that the sun may disappear for a while, but it never forgets to shine. May the words you listen to, say the things you need to hear. And may a cheerful face lovingly look back at you when you happen to glance in your mirror. I wish you the insight to see your inner and outer beauty. I wish you sweet dreams. I want you to have times when you feel like singing and dancing and laughing out loud. I want you to be able to make your good times better and your hard times easier to handle. I wish I could find a way to tell you - in untold ways - how important you are to me. Of all the things I’ll be wishing for, wherever you are and whatever I may do, there will never be a day in my life when I won’t be wishing for the best… for you