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Parenting

by George Hoerner

which word did
you learn first
from a parent
or sibling
“No! or Bad!”
feeling the tone
and quickly knowing
the threat of abandonment
of losing the love
the only thing saving
you from starvation
from endless loneliness
original sin enacted
by a parent unknowingly

04/17/2017

Posted on 04/17/2017
Copyright © 2017 George Hoerner

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Paul Lastovica on 04/18/17 at 03:01 AM

the first word my daughter spoke clearly (aside from looping bahbahbahbah) is Up.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/18/17 at 03:17 AM

Yes, quite a paradox, as you've so eloquently pointed out.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 04/19/17 at 12:33 PM

The first words I learned from my parents was, oh, so you wanna be a poet? The first words they learned from me was, yes, mom and dad, I do. What else is there to be? Less than that vocation is to unleash cruelty and lavish misunderstanding upon the world.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 04/19/17 at 12:36 PM

The first words I learned from my parents were, oh, so you wanna be a poet? The first words they learned from me were, yes, mom and dad, I do. What else is there to be? Less than that vocation is to unleash cruelty and lavish misunderstanding upon the world.

Posted by Rob Littler on 04/24/17 at 05:15 AM

True we often forget to tread lightly as parents, we indulge our lesser selves, we may even, some of us, lose complete control of our lives, let alone the lives of our kids. We do unspeakable damage, some of us. Not me. Not you. But somebody does, or did, or has, or will, or is.

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