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Poem: Taking Flight

Updated on September 1, 2012
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. Khalil Gibran
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. Khalil Gibran

They are on Loan to Us

I am reminded of a great quote by an unknown author:

To our children, we give two things, one is roots, the other is wings."


September is a time when many parents must make their first pilgrimage to a college in order to help their child settle in to their new residence away from home. Many nests have now become empty and borne from this natural progression comes a new life for all members.

Parenting is a peculiar profession, for it is the only profession that if you've done it correctly, members leave, a good thing. However, if love exists, they return to the nest for feedings now and then and go on to do great things, hopefully flourishing.

As for we parents who are left behind, well, it is incumbent upon us to now spread our wings and follow the dreams that have been put on hold while raising our young.

An idea:

Read and journal. Find your passion and follow it......................

Taking Flight

Creations of burning passion

change the direction of our plight.

Tapestries from heaven, interwoven through our lives.

Tiny spirits who impress us,

grow before our very eyes.

A relationship so precious,

one can never live to deny.

But one day most unexpectedly

when little did we know,

the lark that happily nested here,

spreads its wings to take its flight.

So hold close those golden moments,

when your sparrow is quite young.

For that day you dread so desperately,

is not far off, alas it has come.............


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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    remaniki Thank you for your words and for sharing. It is the only job that if you do it right, they leave and fly on their own.

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    Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    Hi Robin,

    I am very glad to be here reading your practical words of wisdom. At some point or the other we have to 'let go of our children', our precious darlings that we brought up in a protected atmosphere.

    Beautiful poem with a powerful message. Great hub Robin. Sharing it across the hub community. Cheers, Rema.

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    phdast7 and suzettenaples thanks so much for the accolades. Like I stated, our parenting profession is the only job that done well results in the human product leaving--able to fly on their own.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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    Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

    Beautiful poem you have written here and oh, so important. They are little birdies ready to take off and fly away. We have them for such a short time. Very beautiful sentiments said in this poem. Voted up!

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    Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Just lovely. It is hard to see them go, but what joy when they come back and even more when they come back bringing their own little ones. Great hub. :)

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Thank you Sueswan and AudreyHowitt. i appreciate the time you took to read this and for the accolades.

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    Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

    I just sent mine back up for her last bit of college and I passed by her door this morning and realized she was one--my heart contracted a little--such a beautiful and relateable write!

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    Sueswan 5 years ago

    Hi Robin,

    I know all mothers out there can relate to your beautiful and heartfelt poem. I can and I am not a mother.

    Voted up and away

    Have a good day. :)

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Thanks so much gypsy. Glad you enjoyed.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and awesome. This is so heartfelt and your words just great. Passing this on.

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Breakfastpop-again thanks, hopefully generative ones-lots of productivity

    sweethearts2- kids are supposed to leave and fly on their own and we are supposed to find our next pursuit and a new purpose for our talents.

    Many of us have been transfixed on that time in life where we raise our children, but lose out on who we are and what we can do once we are given the space to do it in.

    Glad you both related....

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    sweethearts2 5 years ago from Northwest Indiana

    Your poem is so descriptive of how I felt when our first left for college, then our second and third. Then came the realization our children had also given us roots and wings.

    Fitting advise for both parents and their children given by James Thurber: Do not look back in regret, nor forward in fear, but around you in awareness; .

    Voted up and beautiful.

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    breakfastpop 5 years ago

    Your amazing work has given me lots to think about.Up and and awesome.

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Welcome professionalhub. How so?

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    professionalhub 5 years ago from Pakistan

    very beautiful.sometimes i feel its part of life its part of our learning process.we make mistakes but we don't confess and make it as a matter of our ego

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    We need to rediscover ourselves and decide on a path that will bring us joy.

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    So true! Our dreams are put on hold while we raise our young to be strong and free to flee. We, as parents, must never lose site of who we were before we took on that role. Once our young have been nurtured and groomed, it's time to nurture ourselves. It's time to once again spread our wings and fly!

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    Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

    Billy and Shruti, I am always humbled by your kind words and accolades. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy lives to read my digital chicken scratches.

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    shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

    Beautiful writing, I am so glad to come across this! A great message conveyed indeed :)

    voted up and shared :)

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Robin, you are an excellent writer, and I love your compassion and gentle spirit. Wise words here, my friend. It's always a pleasure to read your work.