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We Want To Know

by Janet Leonard
It's a parent thing
to ask all these questions,
very normal 'I want to know's'.
It's been years, but we remember-
ours asked, too; we know it's not new.

It's a parent thing
to want to be told
where you are.
What are your plans,
who's going to be there,
what time will you be home
from this evening you share?

So you do the child thing
while we do the parent thing
in these learn-to-let-go times.
It's a parent thing
to extend best wishes
for discernment in your
quest for freedom...

...and give us some
stretching room, too,
as we adjust to the heart's

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