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Never a Child

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Never a Child

I was never a child. 
Well, that’s not exactly true.
I was a child in both years and 
understanding of the ways of the world,
yet I carried the title “Man of the House,” 
bestowed upon me (innocently) by my mother 
when my father died at thirty-nine. 
I was twelve, a boy-king without a Cromwell.
I didn’t understand then the implications 
of my (ultimately) frightening new position. 
Was I to be my own father, a husband, make decisions?

When I actually became the man of the house, 
and realized the full meaning of my title, 
I’d already rejected the weight of the crown.

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  1. Date: 3/9/2013 6:22:00 PM
    Being the youngest of four I don't know what it's like to be "the man of the house". And I think having that title is years away from happening yet. I thought this had a really sweet ending. The crown is still there but when you really face the facts the weight seems to vanish. It's like a metaphor for life's hardships. God never gives us too much to handle, and as long as our heads are high we can persevere.

  1. Date: 3/2/2013 12:42:00 PM
    Very well written. It is hard for a young boy to have such reponsibility. This is when I say - Life is not fare. I too didn't have much of a childhood. From what I remember it was always work, work, work and I'm not done yet. Have a great day. Lucilla

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 3/2/2013 1:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for reading my piece. Fortunately for me, life is much more fair these days. J
  1. Date: 2/22/2013 7:55:00 PM
    very well expressed free verse. They say "write about what you know" and this a very good example of doing just that. (am I right Jack?) A good write!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 2/22/2013 10:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are exactly right. Thanks for the kind comment. J
  1. Date: 2/21/2013 8:47:00 PM
    I appreciate how you described this life experience and how it affected you. Enjoyed reading, John

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 2/21/2013 8:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks again. I appreciate the comment. J
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 11:13:00 PM
    very nice!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 2/21/2013 9:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for readng it. J