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. Poetry is always trying to give us a glimpse at the mysteries, and here you do that, bringing a raft of ideas to float on the great unknown sea. I especially like “..all want to know..but then they do..”

  2. When I first became a parent, David, I had an insight that struck me like a bolt of lightning. I had always thought of motherhood as being soft, warm, and nurturing, and it is. But parenthood is also fierce, protective, and anxiety-producing!

    Your poem speaks to me about what it means to be a parent…all the nuances of your love for your child! Lovely! โค

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