M. E.

The art of babysitting adults

I spend my weekends babysitting,
surrounded by toddlers in grown up clothes,
they make messes and ask dumb questions
and plug their ears when they get bored.

 

I spend my weekends parenting,
raising adults to be better men.
They are brave, and weak,
And strong, and cowardly,
But they are my men,
so I need them to be more.

 

I spend weekends training children
to grab big boy tools and run into hell,
to pull dying men from the clutches of damnation,
while they cannot help but pick their nose.

 

I can't ask for more,
more than children,
to save me from that hell some day.
Because the job is dirty, and dangerous,
and it pays in poverty,
exactly the job that children would do.

 

I may die some day,
surrounded by toddlers in grown up clothes.
Damned for my sin of teaching too little.
Of allowing my children to pick their nose.

 

I can't help but wonder,
will it be worth it?
Will I have made a difference?
Will they be better men once I'm gone?

 

I doubt it.
The men who come for you,
when your house burns down,
will always be children in grown up clothes.

Comments2

  • dusk arising

    Isn't that true for us all. Some of us don't pick our noses because mother taught us not to, some mothers know no better, some mothers just dont care.
    In the end, do i care who pulls me out of a burning death.... well YES i do but i won't care if they pick their nose, nor what colour their eyes or skin are nor their god or whether they voted for trump. I shall be alive and they will be my saviour.

  • dusk arising

    Isn't that true for us all. Some of us don't pick our noses because mother taught us not to, some mothers know no better, some mothers just dont care.
    In the end, do i care who pulls me out of a burning death.... well YES i do but i won't care if they pick their nose, nor what colour their eyes or skin are nor their god or whether they voted for trump. I shall be alive and they will be my saviour.



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