Misunderstandings - Poem by Leonard Dabydeen
What misunderstandings reek the mind
when parents are unable to decipher
how their son or daughter is growing up
how he or she makes decisions that
rupture their sentiments
like a cesarean wound? Being too
sentimental jinks the opportunities
for laying the deck of cards on the table
and more like slicing animosities for dinner.
A son's girl-friend or girl's boyfriend
is not a parent's business
why should it be?
and if he or she wants to stay overnight
it is no big deal for the son or daughter
(certainly a big deal for the parents
like night catches day at sunset) .
Where does the truce come from,
if sympathies are lost in the dark
and opinions are strained like porridge?
Over time (go ahead and work on it)
a level approach is requisite love
and a balancing act like a juggler
on a tight rope
if life must continue in crested partnership
it must be as a beautiful rose
on a thorny stem
to wilt and die in mutual satisfaction
with tears always lingering
in the eyes of the relationship
without a total recap
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