I would chat a while here, but tonight I’m highly tired. My right eye is doing it’s weird twitching thing it does when I’m over-tired, so off to bed early I am. Join us won’t you? Miss Kate has provided us with a word prompt again. This week it’s the word risk.
Tonight I paused
Catching my words
Wanting, as I talked with a lad
To say things as I should.
Tiredness weighs deeply on my shoulders
Foggy thinking clouds my judgment
So taking time is a needful thing.
My lad reading
Seeing things that
I wouldn’t see.
Asking questions I don’t
Know the answers too, but
Trying and stumbling to help him see.
The author isn’t wrong, but
He hasn’t covered all the possibilities.
A teenage boy
Learning to put his thoughts together.
Asking and challenging.
Covering all possibilities as best he can.
Wondering why others don’t do the same.
Helps me understand the risk I take
When I engage with others who
Want me to cover every possibility
in a short answer.
Helping me see why some take offense
Simply because I didn’t take the time to
consider all thoughts before I answered.
When all I thought I was answering
What a simple question, requiring a simple answer.
But hidden within the simplicity
Some see complexity.
And if you don’t meet the complexity
Challenges and frustrations arise.
I wonder if this 14-year-old sees
the stretching he causes
in a mom 40 years past his scene.