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This poem moves me. Immensely.

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This is a poem to my son Peter
whom I have hurt a thousand times
whose large and vulnerable eyes
have glazed in pain at my ragings
thin wrists and fingers hung
boneless in despair, pale freckled back
bent in defeat, pillow soaked
by my failure to understand.
I have scarred through weakness
and impatience your frail confidence forever
because when I needed to strike
you were there to hurt and because
I thought you knew
you were beautiful and fair
your bright eyes and hair
but now I see that no one knows that
about himself, but must be told
and retold until it takes hold
because I think anything can be killed
after awhile, especially beauty
so I write this for life, for love, for
you, my oldest son Peter, age 10,
going on 11.

                                  – Peter Meinke (an American poet)

(The poem is available online, but this is my source – Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Lusser Rico.) 
 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Quirky Indian said

    It is a very beautiful poem…..profoundly true. You probably relate to it more as a parent, but its truth holds good across all relationships.

    Thanks much,
    Quirky Indian
    http://quirkyindian.wordpress.com

  2. asmokescreen said

    @QI:

    That’s very perceptive. Yes indeed, it holds.

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