Updated: Jul 1, 2021
Children are our constituents
But not through their own choosing
The connection we parents share with them
Is earned, but sustained only if both parent and child pledge to afford the bond
The respect so hard-won through a parent's willing sacrifice and unwavering devotion.
The solitary parent learns this
Much more starkly than her partnered peers
As our absolute, committed dedication becomes our lonely mantra
To shield you from the reality of the second parent who was not there, or caring.
We fill that void with more love and support to create a poultice for your open wound.
Yet all too often, the miscreant reappears
Much later, when the work of raising a child has long been lovingly completed
The pseudo emperor finds his clothes which he gaudily flaunts to eclipse your soul
Enticement to forget your integrity and don his brazen compulsion for purloined status.
You adopt and insinuate his pathological push to cut to the front of his dishonest queue
And thus, cruelly abandon the "you" those who love you thought we knew.