The Gentle One

The Gentle One

A Poem by Frances Smart
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A poem about my son

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Sweet little boy

So gentle, loving, kind

Never once did I conceive of you

As the one with the temper

 

That would be your sister,

Miss Hell-on-Wheels

Not you, my gentle son,

The one who absolutely saved me

From a nervous breakdown

 

I can still feel your

Chubby little fingers

Wrapped around my neck,

Patting my cheek,

Or playing with my hair

 

But just now

You hit your sister

In the nose with a baseball

Amd while I can't blame you

For being so strongly provoked

I have to wonder

Where that came from

 

I would have expected that

From the girl who is so much

Like her mother

But you, my gentle son

Have so much

Of your father in you

 

And therein lies the problem

The sweet, gentle man

Who says devastating things

In a fit of rage

And then justifies them

By saying his feelings were hurt

Is now raising you.

© 2008 Frances Smart


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You really seem to love your son! This is a very sweet poem! did your son evr see anything that might of made him that way! I think he will come out great, based on your description. His behavior suggests typical male behavior at his age. He is 7 or 9 right? Teach him to respect women, and he will be great! A very touching poem!

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It doesn't seem like a good idea that your'e exhusband is raising you're children, since they're copying his behavior.

Posted 14 Years Ago


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This is great. Showing gender difference and raising difference...role models all very fantastic.

Posted 14 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

You really seem to love your son! This is a very sweet poem! did your son evr see anything that might of made him that way! I think he will come out great, based on your description. His behavior suggests typical male behavior at his age. He is 7 or 9 right? Teach him to respect women, and he will be great! A very touching poem!

Posted 14 Years Ago


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I again enjoyed your writing I believe a son or daughter act differently thats for sure my daughter is a hand full i expect her to do a lot of things wrong or off the wall but i also think its for attention a lot of times were my son would do what ever he can to help in every way i wouldn't think he'd do anything wrong or out of the blue.thank you for always sharing your writing with me. you write great and always have feeling behind it.

Posted 14 Years Ago


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A very sincere and heartfelt poem about your son. Nicely done.

Posted 14 Years Ago


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Wow. The last part caught me off guard. Very different! I enjoy different.

I'll soon have a son myself. I hope to be writing poems about him soon :)

Many blessings and great work.

Posted 14 Years Ago


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This is a very wonderful poem. Nicely written. Thank you for sharing. Debileah

Posted 14 Years Ago


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Frances Smart
Frances Smart

Charlotte, NC



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I'm divorced, 46, a ten-year military veteran with two college degrees, one in English education and one in theology. I am the non-custodial parent of two delightful children, and girl and a boy, ages.. more..

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