O’ My Youngest One

O’ my youngest one

Do not give up on your dreams

They are yours alone

Others may think they know best

Even I am not immune

Done without malice

My intentions are most pure

Though I am human

Dare to dream my precious child

This is where greatness is born


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~



Silence does not mean I don’t care.

Perhaps I’m stifling a self-righteous opinion

Or maybe I’m just listening like a good friend does.

I don’t have all the answers nor are any required.

Your questions are rhetorical,

Simply statements to self,

You already know the answers.

It isn’t my place to judge,

Only to offer advice when asked for it,

My judgemental days are over.

I don’t walk in your shoes,

I don’t feel what you feel,

I haven’t lived your life,

Struggled your struggles,

Traveled your rutted path.

Instead I offer my silence

…As a show of love and support.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~



By D. R. DiFrancesco


Your tired eyes look skyward

Begging for comfort without so much as a word

I reach out to you

Cradling you in an embrace born of affection

Expecting nothing in return

Your head resting on my chest

Can you feel my heart beat to your touch

Like a metronome keeping rhythm with your own

Exchanging words without speaking

I can hear your sadness and sense your pain

What can I do to relieve your tortured soul

Provide for you

Offer understanding without judgement

Reassure your lingering doubts

Hold tightly to your trembling hands

I will wade with you through the melancholy tide

You will not be left alone to drown

I am here to keep you afloat when you cannot swim

Don’t be afraid my love

For I will never leave your side

My commitment is eternal

Success – Haiku

By D. R. DiFrancesco


Hiding in shadows,

Scared of seeing the real you,

For fear of failure.


Draw on your beauty,

The lighthouse that will guide you,

To a brighter day.


Be strong little one,

Your essence makes you unique,

In all the world.


To strive for greatness,

Means sometimes you will stumble,

Rising to the top.