They heaped praise on the
ordinary child,
aggrandizing every minor

A practice the smarter
sibling condemned,
until having a unique
child of their own.


Joy (Photo credit: Joe Thorn)







For Poet’s United Vice/Versa prompt.




Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

11 responses to “Understanding

  1. I love this. Life is one big classroom, that keeps bringing us lessons. Beautiful writing, and the message hits home.

  2. Awww… I can see that it would upset the other sibling mind you. Until they have a child like that themselves. Lovely write Mark.

  3. Lovely backstory and under currents hinted in this short parable

  4. Mark, you have definitely nailed something in this poem. Everyone thinks their child is the most unique…….and perhaps this is the way it SHOULD be!

  5. I love anything about how motherhood changes a person. very nice.

  6. That’s exactly how it works!

  7. Great job with the prompt. Life’s lessons sometimes take a long time to get… beautiful ..

  8. What comes around, goes around 🙂

  9. I was the unpraised one – so did my best to see that my two were equally encouraged.

  10. LOVED this! Beautiful message!

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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