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A Villanelle for the Overindulgent Parent

April 7, 2013

We all have seen them. Blindly running wild

without a care they go their merry way.

You know. “I only did it for the child,”

.

is cooed, an answer that’s become reviled

by those who know the ills it can convey.

We all have seen them blindly running wild

.

through lives this new age freedom’s loosely styled

where no desire should suffer a delay,

you know? I only did it for the child

.

because in my own youth those “no’s” compiled

a guilty debt that I now must repay.

We all have seen them blindly running. Wild

.

abandon seems to have them all beguiled,

a price for which these words cannot defray.

“You know, I only did it for the child,

.

and really, all considered, it is mild

compared to the result of saying nay.”

We all have seen them blindly running wild.

You know I only did it for the child?

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