Poem: Putting it to You

Is 'family life' but a mystified nostalgia?

Putting it to You

I put it to you that the family life
    we look back upon with such nostalgia,
    was mostly narrowed by the opportunities
    we shared, as far as limited horizons allowed
    A family together, too confined to be apart
    and that’s not always a bad thing
    An early lesson that money buys control

I put it to you we misbelieve our kids
    and wring our hands, half scared to death,
    yet they mirror us and look to us
    and they are not the ones
    who’ve sold our future inheritance
    And if you listen, you’ll be stunned
    at how they care for one another

I put it to you, laws of the conservation of matter
    allow no addition or subtraction, only change
    And history records our slaughter, wrapped in robes,
    resistant to the change in one enlightened mind
    And so it goes, so it has ever gone,
    seven centuries back, seven more ahead
    All in fear of the blazing moment that’s our life

I put it to you
Poetry Collection: Broken Pieces
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