2012-03-03T00:01:29-08:00March 3rd, 2012|Parenthood|

A puppet’s string

All the talk is about how
they are of you
but not you

a body and a head
a mind of their own

but this is only partly true
they come out
a cord
a puppet’s string

I don’t mean to say
I control him


but I didn’t expect
this dominion I have
over his life

my choices
chiseling away at his experience
and there isn’t time to consider each one
like a chess player
six moves out

I am swift
hunks of clay
dropping from the sides of his life
as I decide this and that
his little body so unaware
of what I delete
before he even knew it
to want.

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