The Young Parents


the young parents rolling down the hill,

a pushchair to the fore,

in front a son on a trike.

Suddenly the father is alert,

senses danger lurking

at the coming crossroads;

suddenly realises eternal vigilance

is the price of parental freedom;

The young exist forever in tragedy’s vicinity.

Striding downhill like a Gulliver

in a land of Lilliputs

he rescues his young charge.

Never before in his brief life

had he seen so many

awful possibilities compressed

into a tiny unforeseen second.

AC 02/01/2016kids accident

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