Two songs I wrote for my boys when they were small-
First, for Andrew, a song based on words from a poem by Rabindranath Tagore.
When and Why [for Andrew]
When I bring you toys my child
I understand the reason why
there is such a play of color in the water and
why clouds play with shapes up in the sky
why flowers are painted in hues
I know why
When I bring sweet things to your hands
I surely know the purpose now
for the honey in the cup of the flower and
why fruit is worth the climb out on the bough
and why you light up in absolute bliss
I see now
When I sing to make you dance
I know the reason why
There is music in the waves of the ocean and
the wind adds it’s voices from up high
to the chorus of the listening earth
I know why
When I kiss you to make you smile
I finally understand
The pleasure streaming down in the morning light
the feel of bare feet running thriough the sand
the summer breeze against my face
Second, the song I wrote for Matt on the day of his birth:
Grateful for you [Matt’s song]
Life is a spring I know it’s true because I can see
that from earth to sky we live and grow and come to be.
Since you have come into our lives we can see it more clearly this way:
the renewal of our spirit every day.
We left a lot of work to do in this old world where you will live.
We will try to provide you all the tools we know, that we can give.
You are the one who knows what you will need for the work that you’ll have to do-
we trust god to give you the lessons important to you.
We are so grateful for you
and the chance we have to walk with you a while.
Take comfort in the love we have for you.
We are so glad you’ve come to be our child.
No black or white, no right or wrong- you will live between.
There is so much more to the world than things that can be seen.
If you close your eyes and look inside the answers are waiting for you
and you will be at peace in all that you do.
We’d like to hold you close in our arms, never see you leaving our home
but the time will come to go on your path and lead a life of your own.
You will take with you all that we can share for the journey you only can know.
Our love will follow you wherever you go.