Monday, October 26, 2015

the charge of a parent

in a parent’s eyes

in a parent’s eyes
the child can be more real
than the rest of the universe,
more vulnerable to blasting winds
than anyone else could imagine,
more needy than the child
ever feels himself to be,
more capable than the parent
can worry she is,

I love parents, 
for my stomach knows their truth:
that sense that we as parents have a sacred charge,
and woe be unto us,
and to our child,
if we don’t rise to the challenge.

by Henry H. Walker
October 22, ‘15

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