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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #125 and dVerse OLN — back to the root

 

Entrenched in self in harmful ways;
Consumed by lust, by fear, by doubt,
Please quench dark flames; in kindness shout!
Back to the root of things, I say.

Remember that heirs’ ripples pay
The price, do not your cruelty flout.
Set down the gender roles you ought.
Seek out the root of things, I say.

Please walk the walk, stop playing games!
Don’t train your kids to play a role!
(All parents understand just how.)
Back to the root of things, I say.

Continue them, continue shame;
Release them, let a New Age glow,
Where soul to soul our species grow.
Act from the root of things, I say!

 

Today’s offering is a kyrielle form poem.

 

Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
The image and quotes are indicative, not restrictive. You have full freedom to write anything, as long as the central concept is womanhood. Male perspectives on the same are welcome.

Grace is today’s host for dVerse’ Open Link Night.

42 thoughts on “Reena’s Exploration Challenge #125 and dVerse OLN — back to the root

  1. Parents can only do their best. I made a point of dressing my daughter in non-gender specific clothes and giving her independence and choice. She has grown into a wonderful woman and mother, who has also tried not to gender type her son, but he insists on tractors and trucks!

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    1. It is a cultural web that we are ensnared in that perpetuates patriarchy. Pushing a child away from their preference when it aligns with the stereotype is just as harmful as steering them towards a non-stereotype I would imagine. Let them be.

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  2. You had me at /release them, let a New Age glow; where soul to soul our species grow/. Parenting, what a reality, what uncharted journeys. My three daughters finished college and have whelped 9 grandchildren; eureka.

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    1. Glad you connected with the poem, Glenn. Parenting is an adventure and often highlights just how inadequate parents are to the responsibility to oversee the development of another human being. My two sons, now in their 30’s, are both capable of sustaining long-term relationships. No grandkids yet other than 3 furbabies! I know you must enjoy your grandkids. They are the consolation prize for getting your kids to adulthood 🙂

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  3. Wise words.
    I think your response to Kim:
    “It is a cultural web that we are ensnared in that perpetuates patriarchy. Pushing a child away from their preference when it aligns with the stereotype is just as harmful as steering them towards a non-stereotype I would imagine. Let them be.”
    speaks to and for me,
    Anna :o]

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  4. Yes indeed -you tackle a big subject here – how to nurture children steadily towards the true core of themselves and to believe this essential and often tentative core of who they are has real value and can produce wonderful and beautiful things for the world – back to the root indeed… Bravo!

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  5. I came across kyrielle for the first time. You have used the rhyme scheme and meter effectively. The following lines are beautiful.

    Release them, let a New Age glow,
    Where soul to soul our species grow.

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  6. We keep saying parenting is not easy yet most of us ease into parenting without much thought! So many takeaways in your beautiful kyrielle…back to roots, walk the walk, New Age glow, soul to soul…so much wisdom!

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  7. My niece was complaining the other day about how hard parenting is (not about gender roles, but in general). I think I’m fortunate to have two wonderful, caring daughters, despite whatever mistakes I may have made. 🙂
    I like the repetition of back to the roots.

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    1. Merril, I think parenting becomes more difficult when we try to push our children into things they have no interest in doing or being. It becomes much easier to let them be (while making sure they are safe.) Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

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