What part of daddy is his girl,
Of separate worlds, what sharing?
What will his child reject or fear,
What come from father’s caring ?
What part of mother is her child,
What gleaned from years of giving?
` What will her girl keep safe and sure,
What learn from life and living?
What part of father is a son,
What separate worlds yet sharing?
What lessons does he long recall,
What learns the son from daring?
What part of mother is a son,
What gleans he from her giving?
What keeps the son both safe and pure,
What learns from life and living?
first published in Illinois State Poetry Society
also published in GLORY IN THE ORDINARY Chapbook
also published in Illinois State Poetry Society
©1997 Bonnie Manion