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All poems have been written by Mr. Shapiro.  Please drop us a note if you intend to use one.  We would love to know which poems you like best and if you have any suggestions regarding our Sweet 16 Poems.



Sweet 16 Parent’s Prayer

There was a time not long ago

When you were more like me

My Momma cooking cookie dough

And Autumns fresh with apple trees


So much hope and shinning promise

On a magic carpet of fallen leaves

With my best friend Marie Gabrella

Discussing true love in which we both believed.


Hearing voices from the school grounds

As we turned down Brook Avenue

Then seeing such happy faces

Through chain links against sky azure blue.


And I sigh at the thought of such beauty

So far away like a thin fragile dream

Wishing with all of my tenderized heart

Such treasures for your Sweet 16.


Please remember that love lives in moments

And moments rush by like soft breeze

Don’t be shy when your heart wants to touch those close by

But build your life on such sweet memories.


9/30/2010

 

 

The Class of Sweet ‘16

 

I know they told me

How to do school

And I learned so well

The ten thousand rules

 

Got down how to dress

Matching pieces for less

Presenting pleasant fronts

Avoiding fashion mess

 

Was taught how to speak

Conjugating verbs in a heap

But left with nothing nice to say

Kept quiet the lady like way

 

Now I look back

On my sweet 16 years

Why no school for love

Why no school for tears

 

I know how to cook

Can write a great phrase

But how does one love

Is there a curve on that grade

 

As I stretch out my arms

And reach for my friend

Let our gap in education

Be our common hearts mend.

 

 

The Sweet Princess Twins

 

Where all the world oceans met

Crystal blue waters merged as one

Sat Neptune’s golden kingdom

Lit by filtered light rays from the sun.

 

Twas a special day down deep

All the decorations set

For the two princesses Sweet 16

A day the Kingdom wouldn’t soon forget.

 

Invitations went out by sea horse

Across the seven seas

And oh so many flocked to join

Including dolphins and mermaid ferries.

 

The Cathedral was lit by Starfish

An old Sea Turtle said the Mass

Then the Sweet Princesses filed out the door

To a chariot of Aqua Marine glass.

 

The dinner was exquisite

All the fine speeches had been made

The girls rose up from their princess thrones

Which were made from Chinese jade.

 

Reciting a poem to their mom and dad

Thanking them for all the years of love

Promising to follow True Love’s path

Whether deep at sea or living up above.

 

Formalities now were over

Neptune left his royal throne

And took the princesses by their hands

Leading them to the center of the room.

 

He danced with one while the other watched

Teary eyed guests smiled with delight

Then the other princess got her turn

On that magical Sweet 16 night.

 

Music changed to a an elegant waltz

Charming Princes filed onto the floor

Their romantic dance was so fresh and pure

The guests clapped and shouted for more.

 

Now the night was over

The royal ballroom and dance floor bare

But both princesses had dreams that night

Reliving the whole affair.

 

 

Wish Upon a Sweet 16 Star

When night has fallen
And the soul is moved
Silent wishes are made
In sacred solitude.

My wish dear friends
Look far above
Night sky filled with diamonds
Lit up with Sweet 16 love.

And we will all be stars
Shinning lights from times long past
Celebrating another Sweet 16
Our traditions holding fast.

 

 

High Heel Shoes

 

Before me sits
A pretty pair of woman’s shoes
That will add beauty to a world
In which the almighty dollar rules.

 

And as beauty fills
The beast’s lonely tired heart
May these shoes of love teach well
Their grown-up adult part.

 

But where is my loving daughter
Who I once saw so infant small
Now a pretty princess
Attending her Sweet 16 Ball

 

Let the merry voices hush
When this princess takes her seat
While I slip these high heel shoes
Unto her proud and beautiful feet.

 

And true to tradition this proud father will bow
Kissing my baby girl goodbye
Then presenting this pretty Sweet 16
To the honored handsome crowd

 

 

Sweet 16 Eve

 

In the night with my heart alone

And thoughts untamed float by

Like a scrapbook of my life

Pages turning in my mind’s eye.

 

Some of beauty and some of tears

Some doubts never answer why

But always true these 16 years

Mom and Dad stood by my side.

 

So tonight as I welcome sleep

And wish upon a star

I thank you for your trust in me

And honor how proud you are.

 

Proud of the beauty that you made

Proud of the price you paid

Proud of a family built on love

Proud of God’s bricks you laid.

 

As heaven’s turning wheels of time

Turn 16 into 25

Tables turn and parents learn

Their children become their guides.

 

And when we embrace this special day

I will look into your eyes

You’ll see a promise in my soul

Made from bonds that God did tie.

 

 

My Father's Eyes

 

When I saw how proud he was

Of all that I'd become

I took my locket from my neck

Dad, keep this for all you've done.

 

Sweet 16 night

My dance with him

I'll never ever forget

His tears of love

Just broke my heart

His lifetime of work and debt.

 

I prayed for strength

To be the woman of grace

Leave the little girl behind

To understand a daughter's job

And kissed his forehead one last time.

 

 

 

My Sweet 16 Ring

 

Diamond ring of promise

Golden ring to wed

 

Platinum  ring for birth

For angel infant worth

 

But Quince Anos Day

When I take my place

 

A silver Sweet 16 Ring

For my pretty gown of lace.

 

 

 

 

A Sweet 16 Debt

 

So delicate but strong

My soft and pretty neck

Where pride and vulnerability

Come together and connect.

 

And above this chest of honor

Filled with thanks and hard earned beauty

I place a Sweet 16 pendent

Wearing like a stamp of duty.

 

Duty to my family

Who have sacrificed so much

Duty to my friends

Whose heart I often touched.

 

But when I close my eyes

Cause the day has come to end

Deepest thanks to my sweet mother

Who has been my constant friend.

 

 

 

A Sweet 16 Tear

 

As I slip into my dress

So crisp and oh so fresh

Along with my new gloves

My shoes and all the rest.

 

My sensitive eyes made up

Like the evening tropic sky

I will bare no crystal tears

For all the years gone by.

 

So Adios child dreams

I prayed for every night

Goodbye my trusty doll who

Protected me from fright.

 

Childlike yearnings fade

Into a pool of time

Fond and tender memories

Is all I leave behind.

 

A last look in the mirror

Check my smooth skin for a flaw

As I dawn my diamond earrings

Before opening the door.

 

Saying thank you dear Lord

For all that you’ve done

Now to my Sweet 16

For my new life has begun.

 

 

 

 

 

The Tiara Tale

 

As legend would have it

One thousand years ago

There was an 16 year old princess

Dressed in a shimmering golden robe.

 

Looking over the palm tree’d cities

From her flowered balcony

Her father King held in his hands

A Tiara named, “The Sparkling Sea.”

 

One hundred thousand subjects

Gathered to watch below

While her father gently whispered

During the orange drenched sunset glow.

 

He whispered of all his people

In her life that she would know

From ministers to farmers

From the richest rich to the lowest low.

 

And how the young crowned princess

Should care and love them all

No matter how bejeweled

No matter how big or small.

 

As the princess bowed her royal head

In humble gratitude

Her childlike expression changed

Into a serious and thoughtful mood.

 

The sunset fired one last time

And the King looked towards the sea

While placing the Tiara on her head

Asking God to protect her please.

 

The Princess now understood her place

And how she must proceed

A life removed from selfish things

But devoted to her kingdom’s needs.

 

 

The Dancing Hearts Bracelet

 

Like gentle waves

Over the sun lit sea

Thousands of sparkles dancing

This joyous heart inside of me.

 

The true measure of love

Not the expensive gifts

But your ever caring presence

Gives my soul a tender lift.

 

For helping me become

The young lady I am today

I thank you Mom and Dad

For the sacrifices you had to pay.

 

So like this little bracelet

Hearts 16 for 16 years

I will give you 16 kisses

For all the smiles and the tears.

 

My hope this Sweet 16th day

Friends and family I do pray

Will feel all the love and hope

I carry to them in God’s bouquet.

 

 

 

The Princess Twins

 

Where all the world oceans met

Crystal blue waters merged as one

Sat Neptune’s golden kingdom

Lit by filtered light rays from the sun.

 

Twas a special day down deep

All the decorations set

For the princesses twins Sweet 16

A day the Kingdom wouldn’t soon forget.

 

Invitations went out by sea horse

Across the seven seas

And oh so many flocked to join

Including dolphins and mermaid Ferries.

 

The Cathedral was lit by Starfish

An Angelfish said the Mass

Then the Royal Twins filed out the door

To a chariot of Aqua Marine glass.

 

The dinner was exquisite

All the fine speeches had been made

Then the Twins got up walked to center stage

Which was made from Chinese jade.

 

Reciting a poem to their mom and dad

Thanking them for all the years of love

Promising to follow True Love’s path

Whether deep at sea or living up above.

 

Formalities now were over

Neptune stood up from his royal throne

And took the princess twins by their hands

Leading them to the center of the room.

 

He danced with one while the other watched

Teary eyed guests smiled with delight

Then the other twin princess got her turn

On that magical Sweet 16 night.

 

Music changed to a down home beat

The Twin’s boyfriends filed onto the floor

Their magical dance was like no other

The guests clapped and shouted for more.

 

Now the night was over

The royal ballroom and dance floor bare

But princess twins had dreams that night

Reliving the whole affair.

 

 


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