Sunday, 17 June 2012
your hands between the sheets
This poem byTony Curtis explores the way the relationship between a parent and child changes through life and the way that we can often see a role reversal with the child becoming carer and the parent becoming weak and dependent. It is also a bit of a tear-jerker, especially the last line with the description of the "cradle of your arms" reminding us of the way parents cradle a newborn child. Increasingly the concept of Father's and Mother's day is recognised as problematic because not everyone has happy memories of their childhoods or their parents, particularly those who have suffered abuse or neglect, and many children grow up with absent fathers. I am not sure that is in itself a reason to stop celebrating parents but I like the fact that this poem is about the strengths and vulnerablites we all share when we are nutured by and care for others.