After the Roast, Advice to an Angry Son

If your children ever ask you,
Have you ever…
They don’t want the truth, but do.
Honesty is not the same as love.

But should you feel compelled
To someday tell them how you’ve flown,
Where you roost, be sure to choose
Today’s mistakes like eggs.

The night may come your son
Will feed them to you rapid-fire,
One by one, just to watch you
Gorge and puke up feathers.

Choked sobs and combed excuses
Will not be enough to redeem you
Or him, or your parents’ parents’ parents.
In the beginning, the nest got robbed.

Furious, beautiful boy, I know.
This is how we try to straighten up
And fly right, broken and young,
Before our chickens come home.

2014

6 Responses to “After the Roast, Advice to an Angry Son”

  1. Fey says:

    I’m just worshipping this last triad since I, too, would come home at night. My hands covered with word dust. None of which I could own.

  2. eduardo says:

    Oh, how I love the wordplay and ideaplay of this poem.
    I’ll be using “Honesty is not the same as love,” and, “be sure to choose/Today’s mistakes like eggs” as Quote of the Day, for the menu board of the hospital kitchen where I work.

    • wordweed says:

      I’m honored to make the menu board!! Thanks, Eduardo. Happy to see you here, and happy you found a few lines to tuck away for later.

  3. Kat says:

    I’m in love with your poetry. Thanks to Fey for turning me on to your site.
    Congrats on your radio reading. I would like to hear it.
    Radio time moves at a completely different pace than any other time…like that of a clock on the ER waiting room wall…

    • wordweed says:

      So glad to meet you, Kat, and to hear that my poems resonate with you. My inner whisperer has been on vacation lately, but I do hope you will come back to check in from time to time. There are many poems that go back and back.

      Oh! Radio! It was fun and also a little disorienting. I am entirely unused to speaking with headphones on. It is a challenge to connect with my own physical voice that way!

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