Parenting – A Poem

Part three of my parenting series. Part one is here, and part two here.

Your adamantine fragility
is our dichotomy

The younger you are, the more potential
the less willingness to work

The older you become the more prone to mistakes
the less willing to listen

What is the balance between
encouragement and pushing

How do we help you build a protective shell
without making you cynics as well

You force us up against all our mistakes
all the neuroses we never faced

Too soon we must release you
knowing you cannot yet fly

Should we be ashamed when we realise the truth
that you have taught us more than we have taught you

And now you have left we are finally equipped
to be parents


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