Friday, November 19, 2010

Today's poem by Iva Reed on the 28th Margaret's Day

We celebrate the days our children arrived from South Korea, and call them 'Margaret's Day' and 'Michael's Day.' I've noted each day: here and here. I've also featured a few poems written by our old friend, Iva and on this 28th anniversary of Margaret's arrival, I thought I'd offer one she wrote in honor of our daughter. I cry each time I read it.

Iva and Margaret

Magic! Magic!

thick and glossy dark
fell fast asleep, and

right then!
right there!

became my lovely Margaret's hair.

bright and shining glow
sprang wide awake, and

so warm!
so wise!

became my lovely Margaret's eyes.

Iva E. Reed


  1. Precious beyond words.
    What a special friend/poet Iva is also.
    What a beautiful tribute to Margaret.
    M is a special letter in your home:
    Michael, Margaret and Matthew:)
    Lovely! Such love!
    Celebrating with you....

  2. What a lovely poem! Happy Margaret's Day!!

  3. so beautiful, Nan. I always have thought adoption is such a special journey, such a blessing.

    Happy Margaret day :)

  4. That is so beautiful, what precious gifts, both the poem, and, of course Margaret. I'm damp -eyed here too.

  5. Thank you so much dear Joanne, Sherri, Niki, and Carole for your wonderful notes.
    Joanne, if we'd had another boy and girl, they would have been Matthew and Molly!

  6. Wow! What a wonderful, wonderful gift to both you and Margaret! I can't think of a better to tribute; it brought tears to my eyes, too.

  7. Beautiful children, beautiful poetry and a lovely family overall.

    Congratulations on Margaret's Day - I hope that you celebrate it for many, many years to come!

    - Jeff

  8. You can certainly tell this poem came from the heart. You have certainly been blessed.

  9. Jenclair, you are so right. It is a gift, and it is so true all these years later. Her eyes are warm and wise. Everything she is feeling is right there.

    Oh, Jeff, what a nice, nice thing to say.

    Lisa, we are thankful every minute of every day.

  10. Nan, beautiful little girl and beautiful poem. What a special gift. Happy Birthday - Margaret

  11. It brought tears to my eyes too. So, so beautiful.

  12. Thank you Ernestine and Margot. We were so touched that Iva wrote it for her all those years ago.

  13. Kittie Flyn, I am SO happy you saw it. I was hoping you would.

  14. That is just beautiful. I have a lump in my throat from crying. Margaret and you are so very lucky.

  15. She absolutely captured the joy of your newborn girl!

  16. What a lovely poem and a wonderful idea to celebrate such a special day in your life. We should all pay more attention to the truly meaningful days in our lives.

    Happy Margaret's Day.

  17. Beautiful! What a treasured gift to you and Margaret. Happy Margaret's day to all of you.

  18. Staci, she sure did (only Margaret was three, not a baby when Iva wrote it), and the words are just as true today!

    Carolyn, thank you, and that's very true.

    Les, We all think it's so great to have a poem written especially for her!!

  19. So beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful Margaret's Day!

  20. So beautiful, Nan. Happy Margaret's Day good wishes from me as well. :) It's magic to have your own 'personal poet'.

  21. JoAnn and Yvette, thank you. It is very special though we haven't seen dear Iva for eleven years now. She is across the country from us.

  22. What a beautiful post and one of the loveliest traditions I can imagine. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    And for another lovely poem by your dear and talented friend. What a lovely memory for you and for Margaret.

  23. Oh, thank you, Sallie! I hadn't read the poem in a few years, and when I recently came upon it, I thought it would be perfect to post on Margaret's Day.

  24. A wonderful poem - and made even more so by the significance!


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