Featured Poem of the Week: “Baby Girl” by LJ Thomas

19 Sep


The first time I held you in my arms

I thought, don’t cry baby girl.

Your first words were dada

And I thought, that’s my baby girl.

Your first report card was all “A’s”

I’m proud of you baby girl.

People say you look just like me

“Cause you’re my baby girl.

You’ve gone on to college in Florida

And you’re still my baby girl.

You just had a son and dropped out of school

That’s okay, baby girl.

Junior’s in Pre-K and you work two jobs

Go on my baby girl!

I walked you down the isle today

And you’ll always be my baby girl.

Your mother died a week ago

You’re all I have left baby girl.

You clean my body and my bed

Thank you, baby girl.

I feel my life slipping away

I’ve always loved you baby girl.

LJ Thomas, Atlanta, GA

“This poem is a tribute to my father. He and I became friends after I became an adult. I write from the heart and when the feeling hits me.”


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3 Responses to “Featured Poem of the Week: “Baby Girl” by LJ Thomas”

  1. graduate schools in Florida October 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Very interesting write up and user comments. Thanks for sharing. I will share this link w/ friends and co-workers.

    • ayvaunnpenn October 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

      Glad you enjoy! Thanks, friend, for sharing.

  2. audeuxaries June 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm #


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