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skipper's dream

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skipper's dream

“You must honor your parents, child!” Biblical-heavy demands echo of mother Loud! with firm-righteousness, while father, yelled for silence and an undisturbed dream… An odd mismatch thrived in hard-lived love entwined in natures’ play and mud-skippers… Safe to frolic, outdoors, a young skipper flew in free-sailing machinations of a child, wooden-spooned now and then by mother, who wished reality wasn’t so lost to father. “Do not waste your time on a useless dream!” Oh, but she told stories that resounded love…. …some filled with regrets of domineering love… Freewill lost to command of parent skipper: In the negation of the wishes of a child under the influence of a forceful mother, and the quiet acquiescence of a silent father - turned from self; to please, lived another’s dream… Embracing preached selflessness, one’s dream sacrificed. Is that not the essence of true love? What harshness it is to have the heart skippered! Strings pulled and led to skip as a puppet-child, grown to fall! I never planned to be a mother, but fool I fell, and found my child needed a father! On repeat, the cycle now: a whirlwind father sweeping everyone along into his dream, so assured in its arrogance and draining love, waving aside protestations for he is the skipper! This time around, he faces a smarter-evolved child, demanding logic of reasons, glaring genes of mother! Will I ever be skipper of my own dream? Now as mother, I tend to those of my child, and guard against a father’s, over-powering love.
(10/15/17: Sestina: ’73 Viking 33 Convertible: PPBY, Stock. 10/13)

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Date: 11/6/2017 7:13:00 AM
congrats on your win taai tekai. Nice piece of art...
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Date: 11/6/2017 12:04:00 PM
thank you :)
Date: 11/5/2017 4:57:00 PM
So very pleased I found this poem tonight, Taai -- it really is very good indeed! I am most impressed...such an enjoyable read. My best regards. :) john
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Date: 11/5/2017 6:09:00 PM
Thank you John Glad you enjoyed it :)
Date: 10/25/2017 8:10:00 PM
Blessings and congrats for your well-deserved win, Taai - keep up the wonderful work, my friend! :-)
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Date: 10/25/2017 10:00:00 PM
thank you, Greg. Congrats to you too :)
Date: 10/23/2017 3:38:00 AM
Congrats Taai, for your well deserved first placement in the contest, with this splendid piece! ;-)
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Date: 10/23/2017 9:36:00 AM
thank you, Teddy :)
Date: 10/21/2017 10:32:00 AM
Congratulations Taai on your wonderful 1st place win with your beautifully and intimately written poem. Always, I can expect creativity and uniquely conveyed themes in your poetry which has made me a fan of yours since I joined PS. An excellent write and a well-deserved win my friend!
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Date: 10/21/2017 10:45:00 AM
thank you very much, Susan...you know I'm a big fan of yours too :)
Date: 10/21/2017 7:05:00 AM
Congratulations on your win! xomo :)
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Date: 10/21/2017 8:39:00 AM
thank you, Maureen :)
Date: 10/20/2017 8:05:00 PM
Congrats on your 1st plavmce win my friend, well deserved! Brenda
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Date: 10/20/2017 8:23:00 PM
thank you, Brenda :)
Date: 10/20/2017 5:32:00 PM
This is a very different kind of problem than I had as a parent. Very interesting and creative. Congrats for TOP spot!!
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Date: 10/20/2017 5:54:00 PM
thanks Andrea...it was what I observed of my parents and some lessons I learnt to not repeat..... congrats to you too :)
Date: 10/20/2017 5:13:00 PM
Hi Taai, It's no surprise that this well written write is in the top spot. Congratulations:-) Alexis
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Date: 10/20/2017 5:52:00 PM
thank you, Alexis...I liked your winning write about your struggle to have a child...congratulations to you too :)
Date: 10/20/2017 4:25:00 PM
You really do have a creative mind Taai, an excellent take on the contest.. Poetically expressed in your own unique style.. Congratulations on your first place in the contest..
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Date: 10/20/2017 4:47:00 PM
oh gosh! thank you, SO! I'm thrilled it got first place as the sestina is not the easiest form for me, (rather hard like parenting!), but I thought I should give it another try... :)
Date: 10/17/2017 3:06:00 AM
Great sestina, taai. Love the final three lines, this should do good in the contest!
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Date: 10/17/2017 9:45:00 AM
thank you, Darren :)
Date: 10/16/2017 3:17:00 PM
I often find myself torn between idealism and pragmatism when it comes to shaping my kid's thinking, and sometimes I wonder whether I'm turning him into another me or letting him be his own man. Great insight into the balancing act a parent has to perform. Engaging read. Enjoyed! :)
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Date: 10/17/2017 8:13:00 PM
Good point about life forcing pragmatism sooner or later :)
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Date: 10/16/2017 5:37:00 PM
it's a fine balancing act alright! I tend to think idealism is best for life itself will force pragmatism soon enough. Of course, when a parent is a total pragmatist, it can be overwhelming esp. if the idealist sits back & does nothing! I think it was to avoid quarrels; they can be quite loud if parents are on opposite ends of a spectrum! lol Thank you, Bernard glad you enjoyed :)
Date: 10/16/2017 9:41:00 AM
Very poignant, as a child I found my fathers will beyond reason. My children, now adults, say the say of me? What I remember is that I always wanted the best for them, and I loved them dearly, as I still do to this day.
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Date: 10/16/2017 12:02:00 PM
thank you, Mick..yes, children know they are loved even when faced with unreasonable wills of one or both parents...I adored mother despite her force!! :)
Date: 10/15/2017 3:59:00 PM
Very good write, Taai. They say that about the age of 10 a child knows what he/she really wants to be. Good luck in the contest. P.S. I rewrote "Bit by Bit" and made it into a song with a video attached.
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Date: 10/15/2017 4:58:00 PM
thank you, Carole..yes, that was true for me...unfortunately it is an age where one is still very much influenced by parental forces...some of which are overpowering and over-ride completely! I shall check out your rewrite and song... :)