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  High Degree
by Jill Eisnaugle
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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A poem about the ill effects of placing too much burden on our children, the damage that such instances can cause, and how our own 'old habits' are sometimes hard to break.




He stood for years, beneath the picture
Of what his father came to be
Despite success, he felt the stricture
Found amid such high degree
Every feat he conquered, mattered
But in the thought of eras past
His father’s deeds were those oft flattered –
A soul whose means were unsurpassed.


The son of an upscale person
The boy’s dreams looked big and bright
Yet, his life was sure to worsen
‘Neath his father’s gallant light
In his elder’s eyes came coldness
A blackness where no glow was viewed
Thus, the lad replaced his boldness
With a life meant to delude.


The child, once mild and humble
Soon became, a tyrant thief
And the lies he chose to mumble
Trapped his world in further grief
His father stood outside and snickered
“That poor boy was never right”
As the lights so slowly flickered
In the prison hall one night.


He stood for years, beneath the picture
Of what his father came to be
Despite success, he felt the stricture
In his son’s unlawful spree
The father knew that time had traveled
Far from where his childhood dwelled
Yet, his strength again unraveled
When his son rose and rebelled.


© 2006 – Jill Eisnaugle’s Poetry Collection


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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/4/2006
Sounds like a true story.

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/3/2006
A very sensitive poem, children just don't grow strong without help and back up.
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/3/2006
Nice one Jill...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/3/2006
Sad and sobering, but so true for so many! Very well done, Jill!
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/3/2006
A very sad and sobering reality - the power father's have to give life, or minister death, to their children in the pursuit of their own success.

Stricture is a rarely used word that aptly describes the power a parents words have on a child, and how more often than not, the stench of unwarranted criticism can change a child forever.

A moving and coherent write from a gifted poet

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/3/2006
Powerful, thought provoking writing here, Jill, very well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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  8. Womanhood
  9. Body Quakes
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