Deep in the riotous midst
of raising children,
I am told
about roots and wings
Sure, I will give them
roots (to grow, of course)
wings (to fly, indeed)
and for a moment
I imagine two beautiful trees –
majestic oaks perhaps,
well-formed and mature, snakes of
roots embracing the earth
while enormous leafy wings
protrude from each gnarled trunk.
The moment of flight comes; wings
flap in synchronic desperation,
straining, straining to lift the
oaken bodies, tethered fast
to the soil.
Perhaps I am a literal thinker,
but this sounds like
a really bad idea.
by Melissa Kro.
Trust me, we really do give our kids “roots and wings”.