Poetry Friday: Parents & their Children

Though I’m not a parent, my job lets me see parents and their children on a daily basis. A day doesn’t pass that I don’t consider the mysterious and complicated and sometimes troubled relationship between parent and child.

This week at the hot docs film festival, I saw a lovely documentary about a parent letting his daughter go off into the world away from him for the first time. It’s called The Kids Grow Up. It was funny and touching and it made me think about how fast time goes, particularly when it comes to childhood. Here’s the trailer:

You must see it if you get the chance. Now here’s a poem about the holding-close of parenting, from a mother to her child:

To a Child
– by Sophie Jewett

The leaves talked in the twilight, dear;
Hearken the tale they told:
How in some far-off place and year,
Before the world grew old,

I was a dreaming forest tree,
You were a wild, sweet bird
Who sheltered at the heart of me
Because the north wind stirred;

How, when the chiding gale was still,
When peace fell soft on fear,
You stayed one golden hour to fill
My dream with singing, dear…

Read the rest here.

4 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Parents & their Children

  1. Laura Evans

    Oh, yes, time goes by too quickly and I was a stay at home mom.

    But now I’ve just bought a used copy of: You’re On Your Own (But I’m Here if You Need Me) : Mentoring Your Child During the College Years – Marjorie Savage. This book is supposed to help the mom not to hover, yet she can still be a part of herchild’s life.

    Laura Evans
    all things poetry

  2. Mary Lee

    Yesterday, when my 4th graders were making Mother’s Day cards, one of my students asked me why I don’t have kids. I jokingly said, “Because it’s too hard!” And went on to list diapers, putting to bed, brushing teeth, taking to doctor, making dinner, Eat Your Vegetables, cleaning up…but after watching this trailer, I think those are minor compared to how hard it would be to let them go…

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