Poem by: lainie
Submitted: October 19, 2006
Lying in the gutters and in the streets
Wasted beauty and brilliance at our feet
From broken roots they turn to fallen leaves
Decaying children of the dying family trees
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I really like most of your work but this one confused me a bit. Usually when we speak of family trees it refers to the various generations. This one seems to use that metaphor to instead refer to the decay of the unit within one generation. The roots are the parents and the children are the leaves. But even that doesn't work since the tree is the parent and the acorns are the children. I don't know, I could just be rambling here.
Sorry for the confusion. I was referring to the change in the family structure....The tree (parents) now-a-days - kids with one parent missing...through breakup of marriages or single moms...absentee parents etc. roots hold the tree grounded...when they are broken (stability is gone) and the tree can no longer nourish the offsprings.... be they acorns or leaves and they fall off never to develop to their full potential. Does that make sense? I know my mind sometimes works in strange mysterious ways! Lainie
i hear you. the family decay today is heartbreaking. our children are dying left and right. i ask will there be a next generation?
And if so...what will it be?
Thank you for totally understanding the meaning of this poem.
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