Right of Passage

Teeth they are a-dropping grins prideful palms itching Hope the Tooth Fairy is on her game purse full of toonies. (for Eugi’s Causerie Weekly prompt: fairy .  Photo from personal collection.  Note:  a toonie is a $2 coin in Canada.)

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Toxicity

Sold my soul for union – destruction built-in Narcissism is a bastard luxuriates in self-catering Did not anticipate loss – innocence slaughtered Force to grow sensibility don a tough shell – Would not let betrayal call me by name. It was not meandering that shredded my heart but the loss of a child caught in […]

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Water Tales (2)

Lead the children to the waters’ edge, let spirits that dwell there enchant, sun glistening on star-filled eyes….. teach the essence of dolphin breathing, the presence of manna, how to question roots and behold miracles of fish that fly and colours that shimmer below the surface, and sons that walk on water – there are […]

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Heart Treasures

Hand holding conveys child’s truth – trust in adult a treasured honour. (Written for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Prompt: honour/ truth.  Photo from personal collection.)

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A Child Responds

Console me when life, upended shuns and ridicules let me know I’ll be alright Step out of picket-fence thinking, find beauty in my uniqueness, show me that love has no boundaries Teach me to treasure all that I am even if that all is beyond your comprehension Grow with me encourage exploration demonstrate courage in […]

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There, There

I wrestle with sleep – need overpowered by unease, senses on high alert, as if a child trying to intuit the degree of volatility in father’s drunken slur what will it take to find rest, to reassure the littles that the tyrant is gone and life will unfold as it will without the stress of […]

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Convoluted

Teach the children to comply, to learn by rote, to master the art of performance encourage them to control the chatter, their fidgets behave like little adults so as adults they may struggle for authenticity confuse society with audience forgo instincts for crowd pleasing responses – wonder at the innocence of children.

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I am Listening, Child

Child of mine, what rage is this that sets you against a younger brother? What discontent stirs so deeply within that you would lash out at me, your mother? Let us sit a moment, and let me, with tenderness listen, for your anger masks pain, and I am not so far removed from childhood to […]

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Colouring Lessons

Favourite colour? Black, says she without hesitation; I falter, stumble mind reaching – who likes black? Is that a colour? It’s all colours, she’s nonchalant intent on task – carefully keeping within the lines Of course it is, ill equipped am I to disagree, images of dark somber corners, sorrow and death crows – Why […]

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Babysitting

eyes wide with wonderment fix on me, beseeching attention rosebud lips part in genuine glee when my coveted gaze meets hers she tilts her peach fuzz head and with a shrug of a shoulder expresses a learned coyness, a treasured cuteness, softening this old woman’s jaded edges clumsy, chubby fingers reach, fumble, eventually grasp their […]

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