(poetry diary 65) I thought of this poem, “Ode on the Whole Duty of Parents,” a lot yesterday, when thinking of children and elderly parents & times when adult children must take on parental roles for their own parents.  “You, the unstable, must become a tree….”

Ode on the Whole Duty of Parents

Frances Cornford 

The spirits of children are remote and wise,
They must go free
Like fishes in the sea
Or starlings in the skies,

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