This is the first chapter in a book of Love. There will be 7 chapters, each in a different poetry form. Chapter 1 is Parents. From the forms on offer I chose to use flash 55 for the first time.
The title is
Child to Parent
In the beginning, dependence
Followed by comfort then guidance.
Discipline, learning, pride;
Phasing into impatience, resentment, contempt,
The sudden shock when
Shared humanity replaces godlike infallibility.
Mutual respect becomes growing warmth,
Comradeship, trust and shared esteem.
The heart-stopping realisation of mortality
Duty and concern war with freedom
Absence, grief, haunting flashes
Triggered by family resemblances.