Prose - "Daddy, She Told Me To Say That"

One day my beautiful daughter (five years old at the time) said something to me that I found objectionable. I told her not to repeat it and she said 'Daddy, she told me to say that..."

Were you challenged today?
Did someone think for you?
Don't subordinate your mind
And give yourself away

Did you follow their suggestion?
Consideration something to forget
Did you make them your God?
And lose yourself today?

Are they so important?
Approval your daily bread
A clone your aspiration
A life full of play

Shed the cloak of conformity
Become a part of the future
They may not understand
Until you have gone away

You live with their direction
Awaiting their command
It will be your mistake
What price will you pay?

Today your reality
Tomorrow a memory
Their control always with you
Are your feet stuck in clay?

Peer pressure never dies
You cannot wish it away
Next year another temptation
Will it have its way?

One day they will awaken
You alone in their memory
Because you stood apart
All others a shade of grey

Stand up for right
Declare your independence
Individuality the answer
The pressure you must slay

Have faith in your island
Battered with disapproving waves
The palm stands defiantly
Refusing to obey

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TheHopefulPoet 5 years ago from Florida

I absolutely loved this piece. I understand it is about peer pressure but it can also apply to other aspects of life as well. Such as being in a controlling relationship. I especially liked these lines...

Shed the cloak of conformity

Become a part of the future

They may not understand

Until you have gone away

Very nicely done. Keep up the good work! :)


Desadi 5 years ago from Marietta, Ga

I love this it is so true when it comes to conformity. I have never been a fan of such. I embrace my individuality even when the world refuses to recognize it! I love the way you put that to words!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@TheHopefulPoet - thank you... she is too young for this one but I'll be ready to read it to her soon. Yes there is a message here for adults too...

@Desadi - thank you again for the kind words today... we have to fight to be ourselves...

Here is an opinion piece I wrote about individualism:

http://hubpages.com/politics/Can-You-Be-True-to-Yo...


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

SP, a very loving message to send to your daughter to show that you care and that you do understand the pressures she will be or is facing. I think its important when a parent brings up these issues first before the children face them, then they are more apt to come to you once and issue arises. Another thing to address is bullying. I never thought my nephew would face it in a small friendly town in Kansas but it turns out he did. Broke my heart to hear it. Its wonderful that you are so prepared to talk to her about these and other life issues. Brightest Blessings.


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IN2Deep 5 years ago

This is a wonderful piece-My little girl is 23 now and my so 15--I will be reading this to them--You are a Great writer..


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

Lovely mesaage here for all to take heart. Thanks.


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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Hey Surburan Poet: Another beautiful piece! I always look forward to your writings. Be Blessed


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

You know I"m 100% in agreement! It's almost my mantra. The one person who is always available is oneself. One must cultivate the friendship and trust in it! Your daughter is very fortunate that you are giving her that message.


Marina Lester 5 years ago

I'm wondering what she said :P Good subject matter for society by a good writer thanks. :D

We all wrestle at some point with being different, the funny thing is, we all are different, too bad we couldn't all conform to embracing our unique selves.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Erin - thank you. I figure if even 10% at most sticks it's better than not saying it at all. I'm trying to give the message in a form (poems) that might resonate as opposed to the usual drone of a parent.

@IN2DEEP - uh oh... you're reading them my advice? Ok... but there's no warranty or implied fitness for raising a child! I'm flattered that you would do that.

@chspublish - thank you for your nice comment!

@Betty - Thank you too!!!

@Nellieanna - just trying to reach them you know... thank you!

@Marina - I knew someone was going to ask me that... it was one of those moments where she said something at lunch during kindergarden (I like to eat lunch with her when I can). I wrote this a year and a half ago... my memory is fading... Alzheimers! Arrrggghhhh! But what got me was not what she said so much but how she tried to blame it on someone else. That's what I was addressing...


Marina Lester 5 years ago

Ah I see...


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very superb writing.You have a wonderful way of talking to your daughter,Lucky little girl.

Cheers


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Jaymeyaroch 5 years ago from Somewhere between today and yesterday.

Superb!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@always - thank you... if you love them it seems it's the least you can do... I think the biggest reason I write is that when I am gone my children can read these these hubs/poems/whateve and learn from me and know my mind. I don't want to be a mystery to them...


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Jaymeyaroch - thank you!


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

What a great legacy to leave. When you publish that book of poems...be sure to let me know. Another great one!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Dee - when you think about it along those lines (writing for your kids) it creates an even greater level of motivation than mere love of the printed word.... thank you!


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Darknlovely3436 5 years ago from NewYork

Another great poem.

thank for the share


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Darknlovely - thank you for reading and saying such nice things...


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gachapoz 5 years ago

Wow! I'm intrigued by what she said that could have sparked off such emotionally compelled words. Great hub, looking forward to reading more. :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@gachapoz - man I'm racking my brain but I just can't remember what she said; only her response to my objection... it probably wasn't a big deal but I tried to nip something in the bud.... thanks for commenting...


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

A great poem, not just for your daughter but for other parents as well, who may not be sure how to react to such moments, Great work!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@nighthag - thank you! I've written several pieces about peer pressure. I didn't manage it well when I was young... all I can do is try...


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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

i got an impression b4 reading this and right here is wat i was thinking. good man


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Chisom - thank you. Just trying to pass on what took me too long to learn....


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

This hub is soul inspiring and should be a must read for all our children and some adults. I heard young rapper, USC student and NBA hopeful Romeo state today in an interview; Leaders make a path, followers walk in their footsteps. Voted up, marked useful, beautiful and shared.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@pmccray - thank you... I just want to let my kids know there is a way to live and a way to treat people. She is beautiful and sweet but she needs to be taught like all other kids. the selfishness is there along with the typical child's level of insensitivity towards friends. She has a good heart but you have to support it's development too as a parent.

Romeo is right... kids are looking for answers and if a parent doesn't step up to the microphone then someone else will... who will that person be and what message will they send?

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