Saturday, April 10, 2010

Parental Advice






















Photo credit: Scott Liddell

Old souls behind

child eyes,

masters of power

in hand-me-downs.


When you reach low to

tie their shoes

remember to kneel in

respect.


Listen at least as often

as you tell.


Learn more than you teach.


Through their missteps, scrapes,

and tears, come to know

compassion.


Joining in their spirited play,

surrender to joy.


You’ve been blessed

with the holy sacrament

of tending –


Midwifing your own soul’s

rebirth.


© 2010-11/Jamie K. Reaser

Published in "Note to Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out" (www.hiraethpress.com)

3 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a beautiful poem! A friend of mine referred me to your blog...and I'm glad she did! Thanks for sharing ;^)

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  2. Jamie - I have always LOVED this one......Cheri

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  3. Thank you Cynthia and Cheri! Deep blessings

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