Letter to My Unborn Daughter 

Dear love of mine,

it has come to my attention
that you’re stealing
the beginnings
of your Mama’s poem,
so let me start by saying this:
You’ll be all
and nothing like her.

Your eyes
will never be baptized
into the pains that she has felt,
when her pupils
dilated to discover her worth
need not be assessed by men
who only want to perform price checks
but are never committed to buy.

I will deluge you with a love
that appreciates your value daily,
so much so
that you will never be bought.
Every man will always be
an honest compliment shy,
a touch of love too short,
an insufficient fund away
to get you to stay.

My dear,
I have no intentions
of giving your hand away,
but I’ve already composed this score
for the occasion.
I pray,
the day that it comes
I will be less of the man I am today
and more of the man
you’ll need me to be.
Lord knows,
I’ve never been in a fight
a day in my life
but I will go to war for you.
I will battle your demons.
I will vanquish your foes.
I will dismantle every man
that desires to treat you as some –
word that I shouldn’t say.

May he respect you
long after he has earned your love.
May he love you
long after he has earned your trust.
May he trust you
as if he’s learned that he must
because
hearts don’t break around here.
My darling,
you won’t break when I’m near.

So call me.
Call me when you need me,
call me when you don’t.
Call me when he forgets your birthday,
you’ll already know that I won’t;
just
call me.

Even though we’ve yet to meet,
at this point in my life
I’ve already loved you more
than any woman I’ve ever met.
I have vowed
to resurrect the best of myself
to give over to you
so you’ll always have faith
in love.

All I’ll need you to do
is breathe easy.
Remember,
that sometimes love will feel
like you’ve been shortchanged;
a part of you
will want to curl into a fist,
you’ll wish
that you’ve never met men.
I’ll wish
that they’ve never met you.

You,
with the dimpled smile
you borrowed from your mother.
You,
my unborn princess
I vow to love like no other.
You,
will always be my sunshine,
my only sunshine.

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