For You

For You

A Poem by Charles Konsor

We all want to believe our children will love us
Hold us, kiss us, stay with us,
and wrap their little hands around our fingers
Big eyes watch big people with big love

But they're a squirmy type
Run away, out of our arms
No matter how far we stretch

Exploring dust bunnies in corners
Carrying shoes to bury in the sand box
They all, will all, run away

And you see then,
Perhaps they are not yours.

Individuals behind those big eyes
And we, again, are left to watch
Like past loves left,
Mother, fathers, gone,
And a thousand friends,
drifted away

We own no one,
Our children owe nothing
And we will all realize how little we are
How alone we are

And in that we must find some happiness
We must find some truth
For them, for us,
For you

© 2015 Charles Konsor

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I am here, in this place you describe so well.

Alone, in the middle. Alone as a son and a father.
Both drawing away, and having been drawn away from.

My father; me, a father and
My sons; me a son.

And do they see the writer's heart I wear on my writer's sleeve, my parents, my children. me, in the middle.

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Posted 12 Years Ago

7 of 7 people found this review constructive.


Wow, this is staggeringly good stuff. You really capture a strong emotional sense and it rings out through every line of this piece. Great job!

Posted 12 Years Ago

7 of 8 people found this review constructive.

I completely agree with what you say here, it's just a very forceful yet peaceful statement of a truth so many people don't seem to grasp.
Well put.

Posted 12 Years Ago

7 of 7 people found this review constructive.

I wont say its your best simply cus your characters are alive sometimes but its a great use of that human insight youve got. I feel like its just talking to me as a human rather than an individual yet its tapping into this sureness of thought I know ill have when I have kids.

you do rock, I can say that honestly.

Posted 12 Years Ago

8 of 8 people found this review constructive.

In all honesty, this is probably the best of your material I've read. It captures a lot of feeling, and I feel like you really meant it this time.

I could have a long talk with you about the subject matter, but maybe I'll save that for another time.

Posted 12 Years Ago

8 of 8 people found this review constructive.

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135 Reviews
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Added on February 6, 2008
Last Updated on January 23, 2015
Tags: children, poetry, growing up, ownership, love, memories, dust bunnies


Charles Konsor
Charles Konsor

Portland, OR

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