Fire Island Day Nineteen


(On My Children)
1a. Children are Growing/
Ev’ry instant of their lives:/
Observe carefully/

1b. Observe carefully:/
Ev’ry instant of their lives/
Children are Growing/

A. Minor daily change/
Transforms children to people*/
But keeps their essence/
#haiku *adults

B. growth is eternal/
Occurring while you’re looking/
(& when you look off)/

2. Kids evaporate:/
A haze of human hormones/
The whirlwind of growth/

3. They become adults/
In identical versions/
Of their childhood wills/

4. In their firm beauty/
The vulnerable child lives/
Hidden by Ego/

5. The juvenile traits/
Now adult preferences/
Define who they are/

6a. Parents only watch/
Beautiful flowers blooming/
Planted in their births/

6b. Parents only watch/
Beautiful flowers blooming/
Planted in childhood/

7. We are but the soil/
Our children are enriched by/
They must reach higher/

8. As I witness growth/
I lament all the growth missed:/
Forgiving myself/

9. As their ships depart/
Sailing away happily/
I celebrate loss/

10. Without sacrifice/
There can be no creation/
We grow from our loss/

11. Tremendous lives start/
With submissive surrender/
Because the world’s good*/
#haiku *G_d ?

12. I watch my kids grow/
Knowing I am just their start/
& they are perfect/


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