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Deep in the Woods
Deep in the woods two birds, a mother and child
One taught the other, while both of them smiled
“Don’t go so fast, you’ll wear yourself out,” the mother said
But the child merely laughed, then ran on ahead
Without a care in the word, or so it seemed
To the mother as her baby ducked and weaved
Through the tall grass and through the leaves
how the mother wished she could do such things
Once again, like how she once did
When she was younger and did not worry for her kid
She wished she could return
To those days. Oh how She yearned
To be free again,
and to make her own plans
“Mother oh mother, why can’t I fly?
I want to soar, and float through the sky!”
Upon hearing the sound
Of her name, she turned around
“Because my child, you must be older
Lest you fall to the ground, and I should say-”
“Later Mother, I’m going to play!!!” and off it ran
Leaving her dismayed, wanting him to stay
Sitting there she sat, waiting for him to return
And listened as he sang, a sweet song of birds
When he did return, he was tuckered out at last
And so the mother carried him to their nest
She watched him through the night, and didn’t catch a rest
She could not bear the chance, should something cause unrest
that someone might arrive
An unwanted visitor, hunting by the night
So she guarded valiantly, protecting her prize
Early in the morning, the chick opened his eyes
Looking at his mother, filled with surprise
“I don't need you to protect me, I’ll be fine on my own
Why don’t you leave, If you’ll be happier alone?
“Because I have a duty, that comes before my plans
And I must dutifully fulfill it, even when it is not fair”
She answered him harshly, in the tone
That her mother had used, long ago when she had tried to go
Much too far from home
“All you ever do is tell me what to do!!!
And all I want is freedom, I want to choose when and how I move!!!”
Stung by his words, and feeling rather hurt
She looked him in the face, wondering how she could deserve
Her child thinking this, when all she had ever done
Was look out for him, and ensure that he was loved
“Fine, if you really mean what you say
Then have it your way”
Off into the air, she flew taking flight
And he simply stood there, too prideful for goodbye
As he watched his mother fly, he told himself this lie:
“I will survive, and I will be fine. I don’t need help, I’ll live how I like!”
For hours he played, distracted from his plight
In truth, he did not know, how to survive
Without his mother to guide him
To shine forth like a light
And as he soon realized, he needed his mother by his side
Meanwhile up above, way high in the sky
celebrating freedom, like the Fourth of July
The wind in her wings, and not a cloud was in sight
Such freedom she felt, Yet as she flew through the air
something did not feel quite right
There was not a sound around, no child, no laughing eyes
And as she began to think, she thought “How foolish I’ve been!
But what am I to do, if he does not want me to parent?”
It was at that moment, that she heard a new noise
And to whom it belonged, was her baby boy
“Mother oh mother, where art thou?
I was foolish. I'm scared, please come back now.”
Even at distance, she could hear his cry.
That was all it took, so she took to the sky
Sadness and joy, mixed in her mind.
It was at that moment, that she remembered why
Life was so precious, but tethered to time
So she must now hurry, for fear of goodbye
The clouds opened wide, as she descended that day. Her words like a saying, that one might once say,
“Nothing can stop me, not thunder nor rain. Never again, will selfishness get in my way.”
She flew to her baby, so precious, so young.
Never again, would she forsake their love.
“I’m sorry my child, I was lost in the past.
But let us move on, and make a future that lasts.
We were looking for more, even when we had it all.
We just could not see it, caught up in our thoughts.
Dreaming of things, we don’t need nor admire.
Let me make it right, from now I’ll aspire.
To be thankful at all times, regardless the hour.
Let us make amends, and learn to be grateful.
For the things that we have, contentment’s no fable.
So let’s make it so, and not take a chance,
In the things that we seek, when on second glance
Are not what they seem, that’s why they’re called dreams. When now we can see, they’re just make-believe.”
Together they sat, in each other’s wings.
Thinking about, how they both learnt something.
Though one a prodigal, and a parent no less
They would decide, to forgive and forget.
And so agreed the baby bird
He spoke with wisdom, it filled his words
“Let's remember that even when
We feel that we don’t agree
That we can be content
With the things that we need
Not the things that we want
For that leaves us wanting
More and more, there's never an end
So let's be content, and put this to rest.”