More than perfect

My first born

A baby girl just arrived in this world

Her cry is different

So is her appearance

My world stopped in that split second

A Down syndrome child

How could this be

It was never noticed throughout the pregnancy

Grief has taken over

The ‘perfect’ child lost

New challenges ahead

How am I to cope

But I see things differently

In a new light

Nineteen years have gone by

She has her own life

All grown up with a job on the side

But still full of innocence with a childlike mind

So full of love

There’s no room for hate

But her mind works differently

Sometimes she can struggle to make sense

There are still challenges at times

But I’ve learnt so much

Patience I’ve gained and unconditional love

Nineteen years later

I would never change her

She’s my perfect child

I’ll never leave her



  • burning-embers

    Wonderful expression of mothers love for a special being. I have a special daughter in her late 30's and i'm well aware of the hoops and hurdles of emotion that brings. Big respect to you for finding beautiful words you could share. I havent found them yet.

  • burning-embers

  • burning-embers

    Just read your notes about this and realised i got things a bit wrong. However the sentiment is genuine so let it be. ooppss.

    • ShannonXx

      Don't worry about it haha πŸ™‚

    • Jeff

      Very beautiful....great write

      • ShannonXx

        Thank you πŸ™‚

      • FredPeyer

        The previous comments already said it, your poem is beautiful. But it is also courageous to take on a subject many people would shy away from. Beside the beautiful language you infused this poem with so much understanding and love. You described the girl in such a perfect way, ending with a fact: EVERY child is beautiful, EVERY child is perfect.

        • ShannonXx

          Thank you! Yes I was quite worried to publish it as not many write about this subject. And that is true

        • Michael Edwards

          These are such lovely sensitive people and you have written the tale with such understanding and compassion - great write Shannon.

          • ShannonXx

            Thank you 😊

          • Confused kid

            I haven't had the privilege of becoming a parent but I hope to feel what you feel one day, really lovely work

            • ShannonXx

              I'm not actually a parent, I wrote this poem from someone else's perspective. But thanks for the comment

            • Hopey_xx

              Wow, so beautiful. Keep writing things that you don't see written about as often, you did such a great job!

              • ShannonXx

                Thank you ☺️

              • P.H.Rose

                Oh!! Shannon this is lovely
                Really good story in it.
                I love it.. well done..

              • Goldfinch60

                Wonderful write and message. All children surprise you and all deserve our love and respect.

                • ShannonXx

                  Thank you! Yes I agree

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