Rain drops lightly patter down onto the back of my jacket. I pause and turn to see if much more rain is coming. I see a complete rainbow.
The few spots of rain cease. The rainbow fades.
Choosing to wear gloves, a waterproof jacket and long trousers for my walk was a good decision.
A long conversation with my son, who is in between night shifts, is both delightful and sobering.
My grand-daughter tells me she is going to be a space expert. My grandson makes noises referring to his over-due lunch.
My son tells me he loves me. I tell my son I love him too.
CLP 13th May, 2020
From that moment, when his shadow fell
we children ran amok, mouthing our repressed pain in shouts
betrayed so young by hope of better times now held fast on a nightmare
journey of frustrations, compounded over bitter years in one long-drawn slow, silent scream
n.b. Stealing from a prompt based on Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird” that includes the line “his shadow fell shouts on a nightmare scream”. I have broken all the rules about how to do this, with apologies to Bjorn at dVerse ~ Poets who set the challenge originally.
“I just want my kids to be happy”
So commonly heard
So unthinking said
And missing the point
“I don’t care what he does, as long as he’s happy”
What the children know of their parents
Who want them just to be happy
Is that they hold the keys
To all the doors
Well before they’re eighteen
“I’ll do anything for my babies”
Who soon learn that to sulk
Is to take control
Power without responsibility
“I don’t know where we went wrong”
So commonly heard
So unthinking said.
n.b. Happiness is a derived emotional state that seems to come from a sense of being at ease amongst those you respect and share purpose. Hence the attraction of online gaming and gangs. Happy families it appears to me, do things together, rather than just being an altar for feeding the children’s egotistical pleasures.
NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 20 prompt: Use speech commonly heard.