November 2010 Poem a day challenge
Day one prompt : closing the door” or “turning the page” poem
Standing at the precipice of change
holding on, white knuckled
a mother looks back over her shoulder
fear etched lines mar her once beautiful face
she wanted things to stay the same
she’d nurtured them
watched them grow
but it all happened too fast
she had taught them to fly
never expecting them to go so high
or so far so fast
tried to make everyone happy
was no longer hers
those she loved
had gone their own way
the tide flowed to another shore
carrying her offspring with it
never again would they look to her
for protection or support
they didn’t need her anymore
and it broke her heart
Tears marred her once beautiful face
for the past could not be repeated
yet the future could be improved
Finally letting go of her fears
she turns her face into the sunrise
blinded by opportunity
she spreads her own wings
flying into the future
and for the first time
un-tethered by responsibility
and it tastes good.
Day 2 Prompt : “ready to start”
Expensive as it was, he knew it had to be done.
Expletives muttered under his breathe
he sighs, acquiescing to his fate.
He signs his name, then
passes the check to the admissions officer.
“Thank you, daddy!” His daughter face beams
Her college journey has begun.
She holds out her hand for something more.
He raises an eyebrow, shoulders sag
as he opens his wallet once more,
handing her all that he has.
Later she waves at him as he drives off campus.
His wallet and heart empty.
He glances into his rearview mirror,
his little girl is gone.
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