Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0179 My Parents - Poem by Michael Shepherd

'We begin by loving our parents; '
said E.M.Forster,
'later, we hate them;
rarely if ever do we
forgive them...'

I'd like to live long enough
to forgive them;
go somewhere where
I can tell them I love them,
always did, always shall.

Comments about 0179 My Parents by Michael Shepherd

  • (1/18/2006 3:10:00 PM)

    wow, this short one stabs you right in the heart. the power of this piece is startling. just fantastic.

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  • (1/16/2006 9:24:00 AM)

    Mom once told me 'children step on your toes when they are young and on your heart when they are old.' Comes a time when the child needs to quit stepping and start hugging. Nice read Michael
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  • (1/16/2006 8:31:00 AM)

    I agree with Max. This stirs me up. Maybe, just as children expect (and have a right to) unconditional love from their parents, the children, once grown, should provide unconditional forgiveness to their parents. (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2006 8:23:00 AM)

    Sherrie's right.. this poem is a tribute to EMF because the first time I read that, as a teenager, it shocked me into realising that my understanding was partial and subjective, and there was further to go, an unfinished autobiography that needed constant rewrites... (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2006 8:12:00 AM)

    This is wonderful Michael. I have forgiven my parents......which has been difficult. It's hard to love what you don't know though. This is how it should be.....very nice. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2006 8:06:00 AM)

    Although I love EM...he is wrong about the latter part of his claim. One cannot have forgiveness without understanding. Education has provided me with that understanding...and I have forgiven my parents early in my life. This is a lovely, positive poem, as Max has said. Thanks for your perpetual optimism here, Michael. (Report) Reply

  • (1/16/2006 8:00:00 AM)

    I'm stirred by this, it opens up a whole, sunny vista. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 16, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, July 14, 2006

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