Thicker than blood, or: Bugaboo

Stop asking, for I'll answer you,
extending pliant boundaries,
embellishing fresh memories;
vast worlds and words to be construed

Power and pain, born both of truth,
yearned after through the centuries;
discerning eyes may peer beneath;
all want to know -but then they do

Reality shan't be eschewed,
enticed, youths' curiosities;
wishing to know His masterpiece,
learn to despair for what's ensued

Timeless, the story continues;
we, like the rest of our species;
love overflows our arteries;
your pain -mine fiercest bugaboo


For todayโ€™s Open Link Night at dโ€™Verse, Iโ€™d like to share a poem that I wrote in the summer of 2020, not long after Iโ€™d created this blog. I wrote this for Father’s Day (USA), with my daughter (then less than 5ยฝ-years-old) in mind.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

44 thoughts on “Thicker than blood, or: Bugaboo”

  1. I’m having a moment
    There is a familiar ache in my heart
    Recurring moments
    โ—‡your pain -mine fiercest bugabooโ—‡

    And it intensifies, magnifying my own childhood pain, and so embracing parenthood again.

    โ—Stop asking – Stop asking, for I’ll answer you,โ—


    then you took the bull by the horns, extended the pliant boundaries- ๐Ÿ‘

    And you went for it
    Thank you for the family counseling

  2. This is incredibly poignant! I resonate with; “Power and pain, born both of truth.” Yes! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  3. “Discerning eyes may peer beneath; all want to know–and then they do” resonated with me. Parenting–what a reality. Children, more than a mitzvah, the deepest blessings.

  4. โ€œshan’tโ€ โ€” wow! Thatโ€™s a great throwback word. Well done, as usual, and in awe over here, as usual.

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