I have carried you, always

I have carried you, always.

Before you were conceived, I carried a part of you in my soul. When I met your father, I looked into his eyes and saw the other part of you, and knew you, and prayed that you would come to be.

Before you were born, I carried you in my womb. When you were restless I sang to you and soothed you and told you how I loved you.

When you were born, I carried you in my arms. I kissed you and held you and put you to my breast, so that you would know that there is light and warmth and goodness in the world.

Later, I wrapped you in cloth and carried you close to my heart. I held you close so that you could hear that my heart beats like yours; that we are the same, you and I, and that you would never have to cry alone.

After a while, I carried you on my back, so that you could look at the world with confidence and joy and know that you belonged; so that you could share all of the beauty of the world as an equal to all that live in it.

Now, later still, I carry you when you are tired or fearful. So that you know that no matter how weary you become, or what life holds, you can always depend on others for support and comfort.

When you grow older, my darling, and your adventures take you further from my arms, know that even in my last hour I will carry you. I will carry you in my heart, for you are always with me.

I will carry you, always.

– Christine Maguire

© Christine Maguire for Natural Mamas 2011-2012
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  1. Sharon says

    I am feeling a bit teary today anyway and reading that beautiful piece has just tipped me over the edge, it is quite simply perfect.

  2. says

    Christine has such an amazing way with words, I actually had a tear in my eye as I was putting the post together. So perfect, isn’t it?

  3. says

    This is beautiful…. and it is so true. It speaks so loudly as to why and how I carry my daughter, and how I know my mom carried me… thank you for sharing. I will be rereading this many times and sharing with my friends.

    • Dellarama says

      You know looking at little man there and looking at him now it’s amazing how much bigger ad stronger he is. Reading the blog and having my man there just hits home that I’m going to love him forever. Squee.

  4. Winterflower says

    Wow this should come with a warning, seriously beautiful and so completely and perfectly true. Tears in my eyes and a smile in my heart. Thank you.

  5. greenlindsayloris says

    I’ve read ths several times today and every time it has made me cry. It is a wonderful poem, it really sums up how I feel about carrying my beautiful children. Off to blub some more now…

  6. Christine says

    Thank you all so much for your lovely comments. It was originally written as a letter to my two boys for me to save for them until they are older. I just sums up how I feel and why I have always carried them and will always continue to do so.

    I am so very pleased that it has meaning for other people too, and feel very privileged to have been allowed to share it.


    • Karen says

      My much loved daughter, who is training to be a midwife shared this with me.
      So many loving tears

  7. says

    What a beautiful creation….I’m re-reading this over and over with each of my children in mind and for each of them it brings such different but amazingly powerful emotions. I am actually crying as I write this, but thank you so much for sharing such an overwhelming and wonderful thing, and for helping to give such a positive and honest voice to some of my deepest and truest and strongest feelings. Thank you.

  8. Jj says

    As a mum of 5 with the youngest 16month twins I have found great comfort in your words – you see I am siting in a hospital as my eldest daughter recovers from a horrific car crash in which my other daughter walked away with minor injurys but my 17 year old daughter was left with a smashed pelvis internal bleeding and various other lesser injuries. I have not left her since I arrived at the crash site…I am carrying her, as no matter how old your child they are still your baby and you will do all you can to protect and comfort them – your words are beautiful…..thank you xxx

  9. Claire says

    Tears are pouring down my cheeks at the beauty of this script. The love for these tender souls with each family that they find to help them grow. Thank you so much for sharing. I would dearly love to embroider this into a pillow or similar for each of my children and hope that you will grant me permission to take your words for this purpose.

    And deepest love and healing thoughts to JJ while she helps her LO through this difficult time.


  10. Diane says

    Had a little cry when I read this. Thank you so much for the boost – I was starting to doubt myself.

  11. vivian says

    I cant find the words to tell you how i felt when i read this piece, it’s like i wrote my self, like my own feelings. Beautiful, sublime!!!!