Fay Slimm





Next generation once weaned wings away 
from the breast's cloistered past.
In standing erect most offspring cling not 
to parental mastery.


Growth's call will never be hindered by 
closed doors of detention.
Soaking in sap furthest from home keen 
shoots yearn for more adventure.


Trying to eat what others digested sours
young buds demanding taste.
Belonging to no-one new courage begets 
sense when choices need making.


Every plant casts its seed to the wind so
each finds space to survive.
Only by leaving the nest can a fledgling
learn self respect thereby thrive.


Letting go gently is welcome when sweet
dependence seems outgrown.
Whether fur, flesh or feather successful 
flight will ever remember home.



  • orchidee

    A fine write again Fay.

    • Fay Slimm

      Good to know you enjoyed the read dear Orchi and than you for the sweet comment.

    • Neville

      This has got your signature written right the way through my friend..

      a great poem in every respect.... N

      • Fay Slimm

        My humble thanks dear friend for your valued comment - - am so pleased you could see in the write my encouragement to untie tight apron strings and let growing offspring fly....................

        • Neville

          my pleasure as always.... N

        • Andrew Charles Forrest

          This asks so many questions of the human heart Fay it truly is an amazing piece.
          The struggle with our feelings over what's best for the next generation.
          This encapsulates lifes fine balance for me.
          Bloody brilliant...

          • Fay Slimm

            Ha - - bless you Andrew -- I am so grateful for your considered comment after reading the poem on flight and its timing - - -- the heart as you say has to struggle with feelings - - - thank you and more for your visit and read.

          • dusk arising

            So it ever was. To mind came the wonderful BBC Serengeti program where the mother cheetah watched her offspring bring down the gazelle just as she had taught them... she then turned and disappeared. The law of the wild and as nature intended.

            Though i was there to catch and encourage I proudly stand next to a tall son who did it his way with his learned scars about him.

            Every 16 yr old's parent should have a copy of your piece today Fay.

            • Fay Slimm

              Such an insightful comparison in your thoughtful comment on the above poem D.A. - -- the subject of easing an offspring's flight has for some time been jolting my notion to write a verse on the struggle for right timing etc.......... loosing tight apron strings takes trust and love................. a valued review of your own experience and a big thank you for that.

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              Thanks for sharing FAY - ANGELA here. Its 7am (SATURDAY) and I like to rise early on SAT & SUN to extend leisure time ! See tomorrows POEM ! Young People (for economic reasons) are staying home longer and getting married later (Brian will be 36 and I 32 !). We both have our own flats but live close enough to our Parents - for Sunday Lunch and to interact with our Family Pets. After we are married (next year) we will of course BUY or RENT our FIRST HOME. We still regard our Parental Homes as HOME and we still have STUFF there !
              Verse by verse your very elegant Poem (where does you vocabulary come from ?) describes the inevitable *Cutting of the Apron Strings* and *Leaving the Family Nest* ! Your last doublet will ring many MPS bells !

              Whether fur- flesh or feather .........
              Successful flight will always remember HOME !

              Blessings & Peace & Love
              ANGELA & BRIAN ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก

              • Fay Slimm

                Many thank Angela for giving the benefits of staying close to hearth and home......... offspring need to fly on their own wings eventually and if this is made easier so much the better - thank you too for highlighting the final two lines of the piece which I hoped would strike chords in readers' minds. Hugs to you both .................... from Fay

              • Goldfinch60

                Wonderful write Fay, we must let them go their own way but always be there for them.

                • Fay Slimm

                  Too true dear Andy -- our children must fly but will need our support always.

                • Suresh

                  I believe we humans have the longest nurturing stance - at least 18 years, which in the last decade has become even longer.
                  I have always believed that the sooner the children become independent, the sooner the parents are released of their responsibility.

                  As always your poem, exquisitely written

                  • Fay Slimm

                    Yes proper balance is needed at these times of loosening the strings of home.......... thanks Suresh for this your considered and welcome comment when we know offspring are staying in nests for much longer today.

                  • Silkseduction

                    This was beautiful- I enjoyed the read.
                    Thank you for sharing :)

                    Lauren xx

                    • Fay Slimm

                      So pleased you looked in and had a read of the poem Lauren - and a big thank you too for leaving your kind. comment.

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