Letter to a Parent
Your child is grown up now.
No longer does she need you
your guidance
No longer will you hold her
No longer will you kiss her wounds.

Your child has her own life now.
No longer will you tell her
to be in before two
No longer will you watch her
No longer will you house her.

Your child is grown up now.
She loves you still but needs you less
And knows her own mind
And can live her own life.

The consequences are hers to suffer
and suffer alone.
Knowing every part of her
is no longer a blessing
nor is it necessary.

There are some things best left alone
For your child is grown up now
And you no longer see all of her life
And you no longer know all that she does.

She may know what you do not
And in not seeing that
You do more harm than good.
For what you don't know can't hurt you
But it might hurt her.

Your child is grown up now.
She still loves you but
Needs her space for her own.
-6/25/97
5:36am