For My Daughter…

With thanks to Don Henley

I watch you sleeping
My weary heart rises up on wings
I hear your laughter
And something deep down inside me sings.

Way down here in the land of cotton
You were born on a rainy day
Since then sweet things long forgotten
They just keep flooding back my way

Oh child I cannot tell you
How the time just flies
But I have had my days of glory
Under sunny skies
But these days your bright dreams
Are all I want to see
So, sleep tight, Molly
You can always count on me.

In this cold world, folks will judge you
Though they don’t know you at all
And I may not be there to catch you
Every time that you might fall
But you’ve got my hard head
And your mother’s grace
All the likeness of the loved ones
Right there in your face
And I know in the end
You’ll be who you will be.

So, sleep tight, Molly
You can always count on me.


About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a writer, published author, raconteur and wrangler of angry stoats. He has more than 80 short stories and 7 novels published. He lives in the great, unspoiled vastness of the Midwest. He has a tremendous wife named Debbie, three pugs, Sadie, Tovah and Muriel, and three great kids--Harry, Sam and Molly. View all posts by John F.D. Taff

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