Wedding Poem

I rarely write poetry--only when inspired by something that deeply affects me. In this one, it is my only daughter--Ashley Shannon. And if there are two things that inspire feelings in me, they are my daughter and my son. Well, my little girl's not so little anymore. She's getting married. As my children grew up, it was basically the 3 of us against the world. But we made it--together. And now, she's got a fiancé whom she'll soon marry, making him an official part of our family. I love her and want the best for her, although in my eyes, she'll always be my little girl. So I wrote this the morning of her bridal shower to go in her card...and read it aloud because she couldn't make it through aloud. Very few dry eyes remained after I read this simple little set of stanzas. And she will always be, "My Ashley."

My Ashley

© Shannon Smith Harwell
My darling daughter, Ashley,
I just want you to know
wherever your life takes you,
my heart shall also go.

When I learned that you were coming,
it was a wonderful night!
But little did I know, my child,
you'd become my guiding light.

I held you and I raised you,
kissing life's pains away;
but now there'll be another
starting with your wedding day.

So go into the world, my love,
and chase all the joy you can.
Just remember you're still mine, dear Ash.
I'm just sharing you with that man.

I wish you all life's happiness, love,
though now it's with another.
But always remember--never forget,
no one will ever love your mother.

Best wishes with all my heart, Mom


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Published: Oct 2008

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  • My mom would have loved to have this before my wedding because I am sure this is how she feels. I will still go ahead and print it out for her to read. Am sure it'll make her cry just as it made me... I have been married for seven months and I haven't set my eyes on my Gold, My Mother

    Bolanle, Lagos Submitted Mar 2010
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  • This poem has touched my heart expressing the feelings I have as my daughter's wedding day approaches. I plan to read this poem with a few modifications during the reception. I only hope I can do it without crying too much.

    Eva, Orlando Submitted May 2010
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  • So beautiful - brought tears to my eyes.
    Much love to you all and I hope the wedding is a wonderful occasion for you all.

    Amanda Submitted Mar 2013
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