Words, like small pebbles, drop into my resting mind;
Her own needs and desires make her emotionally blind;
No consideration for others, or ability to wait, it would seem;
It’s like a physical assault, as I try and shake off my dream.
It feels so utterly selfish, it makes me completely irate;
I react negatively to her questions, which winds her up into a state;
Annoyance boils up inside me, makes my stomach churn;
I always end up capitulating, so why then, don’t I learn.
Her bright and agile mind is really most deceiving;
Results in a lack of understanding and others not believing;
If it was obvious, this incapacity showing on the outside;
The gulf between experiences, mine and theirs, wouldn’t be so wide.
As the source of stress nears, the questioning intensifies;
This is the self-calming technique, on which she most relies;
It is also the most invasive, and causes the most tension;
I confirm that I promise and try to limit any further extension.
A relaxed and happy home, I have heard of such a place;
A desire so strong, it is one I can almost taste;
As she starts along the uphill path of her adult years;
I feel my own will be fraught with concern and tears.
By Robbie Cheadle
Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town