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Training your Adopted Child to be Batman


I can strap you with a utility belt,
arm you with karate classes,
teach you 20 different chokeholds
(or, at least, find YouTube videos)
to protect you from the dangers
of monsters and
knife-wielding psychos
out there.

But I can’t protect you from
your genes,
the family history we don’t know,
the emotions that come from
being a teenager,
feeling like your parents don’t understand,
couldn’t ever understand,
and not having a tool on that belt
to protect you from all the barbs,
all the thorns and hidden shrapnel
that seek to rupture and slice you 
from within.

8 responses to “Training your Adopted Child to be Batman”

  1. Patrick Maloney says:

    Powerful poem, Bronson .

  2. mtpoet says:

    Poets tend to write truth and live parody…

  3. Sylvia Ahrens says:

    Love the outside/inside look at dangers. Wonderful poem.

  4. Yesssssss. Ugh. Not knowing what goes on in their hearts and minds is so tough.

  5. Kathleen Gregg says:

    A kind of dread that keeps a parent up at night. You describe it so well!

  6. Mary Allen says:

    Powerful, especially the last four lines!

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