Parenting #2

Dare you hold the weight of her
Whose feet don’t touch the ground.
Confine her, line her bed with myrrh
Throw petals all around.

She will never pass the test
Of scorching tar or frozen steel
If you dare to let her rest
Upon the ocean’s even keel.

Trust the moon to gently rock
The daylight from her eyes.
But know the stars will use their spark
To burn her when she cries.
Watch her leaping through the door
Confronting what resists her.
Silence, you! Her scream is more
Important than your whisper.
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Submitted by Teril on January 14, 2023

Modified on April 19, 2023

33 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 522
Words 111
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Discuss the poem Parenting #2 with the community...

  • amyf.53811
    Wow so beautifully written. I can most definitely relate.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • menziest
    I love this one. Wow
    LikeReply8 months ago
  • cokerrogers
    Lovely words to a beautiful relationship that transcends description.
    LikeReply11 months ago
  • Váli
    You write beautiful poems, I read the one before this one too. You have vivid imagery and invoke such an interesting perspective on parenthood, even though I am not one lol.
    LikeReply11 months ago
  • JoeStrickland
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • lovingempath
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • rnadc
    Can't decide if the use of words and flow of this poem is better than the clear, great theme. Both are SO good.
    Well done...
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Teril
      I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it! Thank you so much for responding.
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • menziest
    Wow. I love it. It inspires me to write more. If you’re on Facebook let’s connect.
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Teril
      What great feedback- I am honored that it inspires you! I am not on Facebook but I intent to post more poetry on this site.
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • Abbykesington
    It reads like a lullaby, especially the 2nd&3rd stanzas. Very good rhme pattern. I love most the lines " Trust the moon to gently rock the daylight from her eyes". Keep writing.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Teril
      Thanks for your comment. I love receiving the feedback and the encouragement!
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • Sorav
    I really like stanza 1 line 3. Stanza 2 is pretty interesting, I think I have an idea of what it means but I could be wrong. Regardless I feel like both of the meanings I'm debating on in my head would work. Maternal poems seem more rare so this was a nice read m8 
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Teril
      Thank you for reading my poem and giving it some thought!
      LikeReply1 year ago


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