Oh I hope you do not hear the news in there
The fear and worry, let it not seep through my skin
Into your gentle growing heart
For it will do you no good, not now or ever.
Instead listen only to my beating heart
Teaching you the rhythm of love
To which the world dances
Listen to your father's laughter
The notes of joy will carry you
Through many years and adventures
Listen to the words read aloud
From novels and poems and plays
Learn to use them and your own
For you my dear will change the world.
And if you do indeed hear the news
Let it inspire that change within you
For your life, our lives, our world.