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VxPoem ID: 7895


Posted: December 6th. 2004 9:13:31 PM

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Love/Beware the Inner Child

by Phronesus Disegno

Age Group: Adult

Love the inner child
- Beware the inner child
The one who could feel love
- The one who bullies others
Believe in the impossible
- Who won't admit insecurity
Looking at this mysterious world
- Overcompensating with self-flattery
As an endless horizon to pursue
- Too stubborn to learn
The one who had hope
- The one who won't grow up
And endless imagination
- Who doesn't face realtiy
Whose curiosity and laughter
- Whose selfishly egocentric desires
Were an inspiration to all
- Infiltrated into adulthood

Author's Notes: This is actually two poems intertwined with each other. The even-numbered lines make one poem, and the odd-numbered lines make the other. I'm not sure what caused me to try this little poetic experiment.

Originally I wrote them separately to appear one after the other, but then I wondered what would happen if I combined them. So many people think of the "inner child" as a sweet, innocent and loving aspect; but all characteristics of a person, I believe, could not exist without their polarized opposites, including the inner child. So the second poem was about an inner child that is not very nice to think about.

Combined, I found the poems interesting, together they seem to make up what I would percieve as one of many possible rather ordinary and realistic descriptions of a child, good and bad aspects included.

ADDENDUM October 13, 2005: I think I figured out why I have issues with certain aspects of the inner child. Recently, I've been reading how hard it is for a boy to feel like a man unless that inner child actually dies (metaphorically, of course) because such a child has too many needs that hold back a man from being a man. I have read of certain African tribes that have cultures of male initialtion, where the boy lives with his mother up until puberty, and then after that he resides with his father and other older men in the community. While the details may not be appropriate for American society to partake in, it really did make perfect sense to me. I needed mom when I was a boy, and then I needed to grow away from her and be closer to dad the closer I got toward the end of adolescence. Mom didn't want that little inner child to die, but I needed him to die more than I can explain because I was miserable and overall, I felt out of place. It took a few years beginning for me at age 27 and ending at age 32, but it felt so right, and ever since I have really embraced my manhood through my father's eyes instead of the complicated and somewhat harmful perception of manhood given to me as a boy through my mother's eyes. Any more these days I feel like I have a healthy solid integrity with little remnants of feminine shame imposed on me for being a man, and all I have to say is, "a-MEN!"

Author's Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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