Better Child

Steve Pearson Poetry

There’s a disadvantage in birth
they say.
If that is true then why
do those with self worth
seem so sage?
Maybe they’re reading from a different page.
Maybe the only thing they’re lacking
is the backing of
better parental concern.
Then they learn.

Where mum and dad eschewed drugs,
decided against crime,
in time, their children grew up
without becoming thugs.
Sounds smug, I know,
but people suffer here and there,
not every child in here
end up there.
So something else must be abroad:
a mother’s word,
a father’s determination
he will be heard.

It’s easy to be an absent parent.
Well not absent, but negligent.
The hardest part of raising good
is having heart to forbid the bad.
Hopefully they forgive, they grow up
to better live their lives,
and raise their own,
better child.

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