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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: Flying Solo
By jean Clarkson
11/17/06


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Flying Solo

I clung to the safety 
of a big red tricycle,
until the day a new two wheeler 
lured me to adventure.

Mother ran beside me. 
Holding the fender, she steadied me
while I plunged forward, knowing she was there. 
I did not know the moment when, 
still running by my side, she let me go. 
I sensed it, wobbled, lost control and fell.
We tried again, how many times before I had it,
sailing away from her, 
free to catch the wind,
and fly alone at last.

How did they guide us 
through the childhood tramas,
the turbulence of teen years, 
and launch us into life,
releasing us so we could find our balance?

Now I hold my newborn child
and feel the love
that flows from me
into this little life so new, 
with all the world before you.
When you push off alone
and find your balance,
will I feel
the joy my mother knew
when I first flew?


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Todd Tribble11/28/06
Hello! I am surprised that no one has left a comment on this piece yet! I liked the imagery of the act of learning how to ride a bike. It is almost a rite of passage that many of us have gone through....it is something that should be shared.

There are a couple spelling errors and the switch from the memory to the present was a little jarring, but nothing that can't be fixed! I enjoyed it and want to thank you for writing what I am sure was an emotional piece to put down on paper.
Donna Haug11/29/06
"I clung to the safety
of a big red tricycle,
until the day a new two wheeler
lured me to adventure."

Isn't that just the way of life - clinging to the old but being lured to the new.
Birdie Courtright11/29/06
Oh, this is just beautiful! What a picture! I think you captured perfectly all the mystery, hard work, and joy of being a parent in this lovely work.