Friday, December 2, 2016

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Exactly WHY
can't I lock her
in her room until

she's 35
or I DIE,
whichever comes first?

Why CAN'T I tower
her away until
her hair is grey

and, like Rapunzel's,
to the GROUND?

Let whichever prince
or princess
she's found (SOMEHOW!)

try to make that climb
 - that careful hand over hand -
while I stand under her window,

wizened and weary,
but with my SCISSORS and tongue
still sharp.

For Izy's prompt at Real Toads

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Helen said...

Lovin' the protective Mama!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so know the feeling. The most terrifying part of parenting is that as they get older, they can walk out the door and we can't protect them from what's out there. But we can sure try, for as long as possible.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Best get them used to the world from a young age.. a thick skin is better than a tower.

razzamadazzle said...

It's so hard to protect them! Love this.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Love your words and the close made me smile.

Kinders! Kinders! Love 'em! My eldest was 43 end of November. Jeez - how can I have a son that is 43? It doesn't make sense.

My youngest promised me he would stay forever seven when he was seven. He lied...

Kind regards
Anna :o]

brudberg said...

Sometimes parents fear it most when they realize that children will do exactly the same they did themselves... but often it turns out alright in the end...

Stacie Eirich said...

Oh Mama you do scare me for what is to come (my daughter is 8 now, but not quite at the place of this poem yet) -- stay fierce, stay strong -- indeed, sharp with tongue & scissors at the ready!

Sioux said...

MZ--That daughter might turn your hair gray early, and she might make your face more wrinkled, but when she's in her mid to late 20s, she'll become your best friend.

I promise.

Kim Russell said...

I love what you've done with this fairy tale. A future prompt, perhaps?

Gillena Cox said...

lUV a fairy tale, classic or updated.
You brought smiles to my face.

much love...

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh, I wished the same when my girls were young. Heartbreak came for both of them, but it birthed incredibly strong women.

Isadora Gruye said...

oh, this is shiny, shiny. I love the spin on Rapunzel. Your words, tongue, and scissors are at their sharpest here. Thanks for posting to the out of Standard!

Fireblossom said...

I love Sioux's comment.

grapeling said...

oy. i wonder if my boys would be at the tower... ~