Susan’s Sonnet

As you with willing hand and heart erase
Your own art from that canvas for your son,
Who, at this morning stage, begins to place
Himself and his creative infant sun
Of fresh perspective and of energy
Outside himself to test its influence
On life and worlds outside your family,
You, smiling, give him space at your expense.
As you thus put your own dreams to one side
And cheer, for now, the visions of your boy,
Like poets who let half done poems slide
To focus, instead, on their children’s joy –
Remember: your art will return, and stronger,
When he doesn’t need you any longer.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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5 Responses to Susan’s Sonnet

  1. cote8050 says:

    Lovely, and so true…. 🙂

    • janemwoodman says:

      It is true. I didn’t write much for twenty years because I was too busy dumping all that energy into supporting my son’s new life by teaching other people to write well. But since that ended, it’s as if everything I didn’t write was waiting and building.

      • cote8050 says:

        I’m sure it was! We all get busy with life and other things we love, our passions, seem to get pushed aside until now, it’s our turn!!

  2. Noora says:

    “Remember: your art will return, and stronger…”
    That’s what I needed to read today. 🙂 I’m a busy single mother to a 14 year old boy.

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