Prose - Peer Pressure

The spark is there
But you are unable
To let it burn
The fire is waiting
For you
To take your turn
The eyes
Of transients
Control
For a moment
Leaving their mark
On your scroll
Unable
To be free
You wilt
Unable
To run
From the guilt
Your peers
Lay
On your table
You
So eager
Are unable
To ignore
The force
Of pressure
To conform
To their need
To reassure
Themselves
Of their
Superiority
By standing
On your life
With their inferiority
Of character
Manifesting
Suppression
Of who you are
And what
Is your possession
A life
A future
Of promise
Regardless
Of what they say
I witness
In you
A kind boy
Who loves easily
Who loves life
Who loves me
Deeply
As I love you
Feeling
The frustration
That you vocalize
In this time
Through the transition
To a life
Where your heart
Can run
Unencumbered
By nothing
My son
But your own desires
Your own gifts
Your own ambitions
Knowing
That who you are
Minus their conditions
Will light the fire
To burn
Forever
And I know this my son
Because
I am your father


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I am truly blown away by this beautiful Prose to your son, I to have a young son who is in the discovery stages of his young life, so many questions, so many needed answers and we as father's are there for them.

To stand tall with them, give them all the support we can and empress upon their souls the LOVE we feel inside for them and our desire for them to succeed. Bravo my friend, take a bow, rate way UP...loved it all.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

You make me smile my friend. I thought of you as I wrote this. I mean that. I wanted you to feel the closeness that is developing between my son and I. He has an email account now and we communicate frequently and it's been great. I'm trying to bring the mix of the wise, confidant with the right touch of parenting and I think it's taking so far. He likes it when I go to his school to have a quick lunch; he said I could come anytime. I always ask, "Are you sure? I don't want to embarrass you" and he always say's, "My friends think you're a cool Dad.' So I have that going for me.... Regardless I want him to know that I'm in his corner and hopefully the strength of unconditional love and approval will give him a boost. He's still discovering himself and that is what this is about. I don't want someone who has a brief presence in his life (his peers) to have a lasting impact unless it is positive. I guess it's the typical parental worry.


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Leptirela 5 years ago from I don't know half the time

Absolutely beautiful

VOTE UP :)


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Leptirela - Thank you... I think about my children quite a bit and want life to be easier... Maybe I agonize over it all too much but the peer pressure and bullying are big things for me....


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

This is so beautiful Suburban Poet. Your son is lucky to have a dad that is so there for him in his journey of life. I was also touched by your comment back to Saddlerider. How touching that your son is ok with you going to his school for lunch. That says a lot about what kind of dad you are. Thanks so much for sharing this piece of your heart with us.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Minnetonka... it is easy to share what is real in my life because it is what is important. I want him to know I am there for him and that I understand the pressures that bear on his life. I know how a parent can possibly destroy a child's confidence and my goal is for him to know of my approval and that he is worthy of anything he wishes to be.

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