The Stuff of Life

Dandelion Bouquets


The Stargazer Lily

Of all flowers

Reigns supreme

On my list


Not for its beauty

But for its meaning


‘Twas the first blossom

                        Given me by the man

                                                I will forever love


Placed on my pillow

By the gentle hands of

The thief of my heart


But the Dandelion

Oh the Dandelion

Follows close behind


Not for its beauty

But for its meaning


‘Twas the first blossom

                        Given me by three little men

                                                I will forever love


Presented in dirty fistfuls

By boys with beaming faces

The thieves of my heart


Surely my days of dandelion bouquets are coming to a close.


For beaming little boys

Do not stay little

And in growing awareness

Of the world


They learn

Dandelions are weeds

Of little value


What they do not comprehend

Is the value lies not in the bouquet

But in the giver of the gift


A beaming dirty-fisted boy

Eager to show his mama his love


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

3 thoughts on “Dandelion Bouquets

  1. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this. What a beautiful sentiment to the love between a mother and her sons.

  2. Thanks Lori. When Lewis gave me dandelions earlier this week, I was struck by the fact that he is not going to be little much longer.

  3. I love love this poem…it brought tears to my eyes! I very much love my dandelion bouquets too 🙂

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