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Sample Parent Poems
Parent Poem Instructions: Find a picture of one of your parents when he/she was close to your age or a
picture of your parent before he/she became a parent. Write a poem about the young person you
see in that picture. What were your parent's hopes? dreams? struggles? Try to write at least three
stanzas or 12 lines about your parent in the "before kids" stage. In the last stanza or last 4 lines,
connect yourself to you parent in the poem. Click here for some sample "parent poems" my
students have written in past school years.
Professional Poet's Exemplar
Devin found a picture of his mother and aunt playing as children and decided to use it in writing this poem. The picture is a special one as Devin’s mom died 4 years ago.
Two girls, two dolls
Two lives left to unfold
This way that way
Their futures still untold
No children, just dolls
No lover, just each other
Decorator of interiors
This yet is to be said for sure.
Thirty years left
Or is it eighty years to go?
Only time will tell such things.
One child born
And maybe one child more.
Only fate will show a wedding ring.
Time has come
And also told
For the one of you, my mother
Only thirty years more did unfold
A husband sighs
A daughter cries
A son wipes his eyes
As three different teardrops fade
This photo’s dyes.
"A Piece of the Past"
While getting ready to write this parent poem, Mandy found a picture of her dad as a senior in high school, right before he became a father at 18 years of age. When she wrote this poem as a senior herself, Mandy hadn’t seen her dad in 15 years.
A journey comes to mind
When I look at his face.
It’s a journey of life,
A never-ending race.
A loss comes to mind
When I look into his eyes.
The loss of a daddy
As a result of compromise.
Your boyish physique
Though not very tall.
I once sat on that knee
And you gave me a doll.
There’s a great similarity
In both of our noses.
How can I forget
You bought my first roses!
It’s been so many years
Since I’ve seen you last.
Yet you will always be
A piece of my past.
Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year
Here in this dank, unfamiliar kitchen
I study my father's embarrassed young man's face.
Sheepish grin, he holds in one hand a string of spiny yellow perch,
in the other a bottle of Carlsbad beer.
In jeans and denim shirt,
he leans against the front fender of a 1934 Ford.
He would like to pose bluff and hearty for his posterity,
wear his old hat cocked over his ear. All his life my father wanted to be bold.
But the eyes give him away, and the hands that limply
offer the string of dead perch and the bottle of beer.
Father, I love you, yet how can I say thank you,
I who can't hold my liquor either, and don't even
know the places to fish?
-- Raymond Carver