Written for: Poets United Midweek Motif~Parenthood (Parents, Guardians, Significant Adults in the Lives of Children)
Write a new poem, in which you take on the voice of a child with real or ideal adults parenting them.
Many words are hurtful
to others, they said,
so I did not use them. Judge
each person as you meet them,
I was told, never pre-judge.
When my father held me as he taught
me to swim, or bike ride, I trusted
him to be there. Both parents
were witty, could make me laugh,
especially while I was angry with them.
My parents aged; I tried to deny it.
Eventually, my turn came to help.
Each loss was crushing. I still
will not knowingly hurt someone,
or pre-judge them. My parents took
their job of raising children
seriously. They were successful.