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Deep in the riotous midst
of raising children,
I am told
about roots and wings
in tones
of absolute
obsessive
necessity.
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”.

via Daily Prompt: Roots

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