(This poem is dedicated to Austin who was five years old and the son of my daughter’s boyfriend who just passed away after being sick with a brain tumor for most of his life. His Dad always said he was perfect even though he had a defect. They gave him a print of his footprints after he died three days ago. My daughter asked me to write a poem for his Dad to somehow give him comfort and to be read for the funeral. This poem made me cry myself as I was writing it. I never knew the little boy, but I cannot even imagine how horrible it must feel to lose a child. It made me realize that my problems that I thought I had are Very Small in comparison! For Little Ausin;)
A perfect child was born
The day that Austin came to me
God lent me an angel for a while
To always make me smile
Some said that he had a defect
But when I looked at him
I only saw a child that was perfect
Even though he suffered so
His smile never left his face
As he longed for an embrace
Somehow he knew
That he was only here for a while
To make us all smile
Now he suffers no more.
He is cradled in God’s embrace,
And the angel’s sing him a lullaby.
He now has a joyful smile on his face,
Though I’ll miss him, I know,
That somehow I’ll see him one day,
As I kneel down to pray,
The tears come falling down.
I thought I heard him say,
Daddy don’t cry.
I didn’t die.
I will always be here with you.
I am your guardian angel walking besides you.
My footprints will be there too,
And always on your heart!
by Giovanna Sclafani Jan.23,2013 Copyright 2013