Power of will

Have you ever seen
the greatness
in a toddler’s fist —
clenched in tantrums
and the way her mother bows
obeying
to her whims?

Have you ever wondered how
much that still remains
in the sulk she shows as teen
or that stubbornness that makes
her to the queen of powerpoints
she is today?

Don’t you wonder how
she might react when
one day
her daughter’s fist
is clenched from tantrums?
Will she also bow
obeying
to her daughter’s whims?

Today Amaya hosts at dVerse poetics, and she want’s us to ponder the word majesty, or greatness. I pondered a bit how much we let ourselves be ruled by children (which is probably a good thing) and how it affects us when we become parents ourselves.

October 15, 2019

27 responses to “Power of will

  1. Brilliant! Particularly when queen becomes subject to her own little tyrant! I know those terrible fists and the power they wield.

  2. Oh yes – the flip side of being stubborn is the determination to get where you want – but the flip side of that is…
    passing on through the generations. Lovely.

  3. Oh, man. I was/am one of these — brattiest little kid ever, producing some of the same and having to learn my lesson the hard way. 🙂

    My mom always used to tell me, “I hope you have a daughter just like you some day.” 😛

  4. I love the power in that tiny fist. And I definitely enjoyed it when my daughter, in turn, was ruled by her own tiny tyrant. Poetic justice. Smiles.

  5. Excellent piece, brother. With 3 daughters, and now 9 grandchildren, I recognize your scenario. Parenting is a solo adventure; there’s no guide or check list. My wife and I got very lucky. Not everyone is.

  6. Extremes beget extremes there is no doubt. Parents must extract their egos from the parenting equation and always be aware of their modeling behavior. I learned that the hard way. God was merciful though and my kids became fine human beings, despite my mistakes.

  7. Oh man, I need to show this to my husband. He would probably agree more with your stance, I suppose, as I’m proving to be more of the disciplinarian in our family dynamics. But I will say that it is best to humble yourself as a parent, and know and accept (and embrace!) that our children teach us life’s finest lessons, not the other way around!

  8. The circle of life. There’s so much beauty there when you think about it. This poem is an unusual take on theme, but it does its job well

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