Join (free) | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: Glen Schulz, iJ. Allen Wilson, iRoxanne Howe-Murphy, iHank LeGrand, iBlak Rayne, iKen Coleman, iMargaret Hardisty, i
  Home > Humor > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Charles B. Neff

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 90 titles
· 276 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
Member Since: May, 2005

   Contact Author
   Read Reviews

· Fractured Legacy

· Dire Salvation

· Hard Cache

· Peace Corpse

· Patriot Schemes

· Hidden Impact

· Reimagining The New Year

· Procrastination

· Balancing Act

· Intelligent Life

· Clan Reunion

· Your Words Reach Me

· Moving On

· Paradise Improved

· Cute!

· A Random Thought

         More poetry...
· Neff Novel Praised on Goodreads

· Midwest Review: Neff Impressive, Highly Recommended

· Amazon Top Reviewer Praises Charles B. Neff's FRACTURED LEGACY

· Neff's Thriller Highly Recommended By Leading Blogger

· Neff, Fractured Legacy, A New Thriller

· Island Books Celebrates 40 Years on November 3

· Seth Gordon on Neff's New Thriller

Charles B. Neff, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

  Turnabout Fair Play
by Charles B. Neff
Monday, September 03, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

Share   Print   Save Become a Fan

Recent poems by Charles B. Neff
•  Reimagining The New Year
•  Procrastination
•  Balancing Act
•  Intelligent Life
•  Clan Reunion
           >> View all 84

Parents help children, who learn, even when bewildement fights with resentment. Years pass, and who's doing the teaching, who the learning now? Life's roles are never permanent and their reversal can be humorous.


                 Turnabout Fair Play
We tried to help them through uncertainties,
Often having to make choices for them,
So, later, they could make them on their own.
There were times when “don’t” came out too often,
When help meant constraint, and their eyes complained:
“Will I ever live up to your expectations?”
Years pass and they’ve now learned
Their own truths about dos and don’ts.
They look askance, then pityingly upon our efforts
To deal with the complications of new styles, new devices.
We shrug and grimace. But, inside, we’re thinking:
“Will we ever live up to your expectations?”
Charles B. Neff



Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/8/2012
Yes, this is resonant and I can feel just this happening right now.
I enjoy this unexpected, richly perceptive leap!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 9/4/2012
Why do parents have such expectations and force them on their children? I think it's because of their own inadequacies. I don't have children, but if I did, I would let them play vigorously and learn what they are good at and want to do, and then encourage them in every way to do it. If they needed help, like math to get where they wanted to be, I wouldn't force them to take courses they hated or hire tutors for them. I'd tutor them myself, but not do everything for them like some parents are prone to do. Unfortunately, our intelligence plays a part in what we are able to do with our lives. We can't expect all of our children to be intelligent, only good at what they want to do and can do.


Books by
Charles B. Neff

Fractured Legacy

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, more..

Dire Salvation

Buy Options
Kindle, more..

Hard Cache

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..

Peace Corpse

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..

Patriot Schemes

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, more..

Hidden Impact

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..

  1. Sunny Days and Mondays
  3. My Ass Is Grass
  4. Sadie Graylow
  5. $
  6. Ah, Shucks
  7. Cell Phone Blues
  8. Catching Up With The Past
  9. The Toilet Seat
  10. Just Around The Corner
  11. Yes
  12. Halloween is Coming!
  13. What Part Of No Don't You Understand?
  14. Mushmouth Kostro...
  15. Curly McCurdled
  16. My Good Friday Procedure
  17. What is it with women...?
  18. The Spanx
  19. Pop-Ups
  20. 'Nere Do Wells

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.