Award-winning author, L.R.Knost

Archive for July 30, 2011


Trees blowing against a sodden grey sky,

Anxious for a promise


In cool wisps of life



I wish all promises were kept


I wish daddies didn’t leave

Little girls dancing, dancing,

Looking, hoping


Little girls don’t understand


Bad dad


I wish ‘I do’ didn’t mean


To 41% of American families


I wish the name


Didn’t have uncapitalized


And the land of the lost

Was just old-school television


I wish single parent

Were two words

Never married


I wish Jesus

Didn’t have to die

And my little girl wouldn’t cry

At sight of the cross

Sad for the Savior

She doesn’t yet know she needs



I wish rounded tummies

And precious kicks

Always fulfilled their promise

Of life

And tiny graves weren’t necessary



I wish crying babies

Had translators

and new mamas

Faith in their heartstrings




I wish evil

Didn’t visit children

In the night

Through the blackened hearts of men


I wish glimpses

Into my soul

Were pure light






Since sometimes daddies do leave

Little girls dancing

I wish every little girl

Had a pinch-hitter

Step into their lives

Redeeming fatherhood



Since ‘I do’

So often becomes ‘I did’

I wish shattered lives

Would always land in Healing Hands




Since the land of the lost

Exists in the dark

I wish Light would shine

Through the hearts of the found



Since single and parent

Do coexist

I wish for others one like mine

With abundance found

Inside of need

Hands that help

And heart of grace



Since the Cross

Was the Way


I wish my little tender-hearted girl

A heart full of Jesus



Since babies sometimes

Are Heaven-born

I wish all empty arms

The healing gift

Of sweet new wiggly life

With the lingering scent of Creation

In the crook of a tiny neck


Since the language of newness

Is unfathomable

I wish cries equaled cuddles




Since evil


I wish guardians to guard


The innocent


Since pain lives

In me

Not I in it

I wish to share


In glimpses of hope



Award-winnning author, L.R.Knost, is the founder and director of the children's rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, and Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, and children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series.