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Current Events Education family Haiku Poems Poetry

College

It’s easy to think

I’m abstract terms about “struggle”

But much harder

When your child is hundreds of miles away

And crying on the phone

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Climate family Haiku parenting Poems Poetry

When Spring Came to Fall

A breeze has begun.

Listless still, but cold and crisp

It harbors the fall.

and the end of an old cycle

But, underneath the wind

A budding laugh grows

And she awakens

Like a new spring

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family Haiku parenting Poetry

Nostalgia

Looking through photos

Brings a honeyed nostalgia

That’s soured with fear

What if I remember

Only the picture? And not

The sweetness of the moment?

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Education Haiku parenting Poems Poetry

Youths!

It’s never enough

You can work – or stay at home

You can have game nights

And family dinner

You can take an interest

Or give them some space

But no matter what

To a teenager…

It’s never enough

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family Haiku parenting Poems Poetry

Graduation

How do I begin?

You had to grow up too soon.

You were the strong one

The oldest kiddo

With the most responsibility

As you celebrate this day

I think that the hardest times

Are finally behind

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family Haiku parenting Poetry

Divorce

Sometimes I feel like

I’m a placeholder for others

Because of me

Their world stays in tact.

They’re allowed to grow, and be

While I remain fixed.

Always straggling behind

In the shadow of their success.

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Haiku mental health Poems

Balloons

Choices expand stress

The wait; the anticipation

The decision though

Pierces through the fear

Popping it like a balloon

The choice is made

And life can lift

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family Haiku Poems Poetry

A gentle rhythm

Inhale, exhale, and repeat

Stave off all that’s bad

It’s so hard to start

But the pounding of my feet

And the sweat dripping

Keeps me sane

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Current Events family Haiku Poems Poetry

Cliff’s Edge

Watching her healing

Is terribly frightening

It’s like when a child

Gets close to an edge

You want to snatch them up and

Hug them tight to you

So you’re never scared

But, that’s the problem…you see

Because the healing

Is not about me

She has to heal for herself

All I do is watch

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Education Haiku parenting Poetry

Kids

Labor division

Is never equitable

Where kids are involved