Hello and welcome to poetry Thursday.
Why is it called poetry Thursday I hear you ask?
No reason – it’s just a coincidence.
Today’s poem has a very specific theme around parenting.
If you have kids or don’t have kids but are a big kid yourself (I qualify in the latter category) then you should have a fabulous time.
For everyone else, I hope you indulge and celebrate the joy of the rhyme (because there’s bugger all else to do until Flash Fiction/Short Story time next week).
Be In Their Lives Today (by David Ellis)
You roll the dice of life, sire a son or a daughter
Steer, navigate, through a sea of troubled waters
Invoking courage, discipline, avoiding serious scolding
Encouraging latent talents to keep unfolding, evolving
The awards they receive make you so pleased
Maybe one day they will dare to grow up to be
Everything you had hoped for, wished for or ever dreamed
Not a nightmarish caricature of evil or cartoonish beast
Splurging out on clothes and expensive I-Phones
Chasing latest fads because their friends said so
Your musical tastes are old-fashioned, you’re not cool
Why aren’t you more ‘down with it’ like kids at school?
First love blossoms, their teenage crush beckons
On standby to pick up the pieces at any second
University, job, marriage, a car, the housing ladder
Parent now grandparent, a new experiment in terror
But a funny thing happens, a transformation occurs
Time replaced with memories, hopes, dreams, purpose
All of the fears and frustrations fall away from the core
Living vicariously through younger lives, you feel reborn
You wouldn’t change it for anything in the world
When it’s good, you soar higher than the clouds
The smiles, laughter, the cherished looks on their face
Erases all the bad vibes of life’s unavoidable mistakes
A child will never ever be a means to an end
The journey matters more than the destination
Love unconditional, thick, thin, sorrow and regret
An experience those without can’t comprehend yet
Sometimes the breeding bit is the hardest part
The rest is just science