Villanelle: Holding a Child

Does the fear of holding a child reside in others as it does myself

Resisting responsibility to provide protection

An unread book gathering dust on a shelf

 

To never father a child is like an unspent wealth

Yet I am not ready to provide beyond my preservation

Does the fear of holding a child reside in others as it does myself

 

A desire to live; impaired by ill-health

A dream, which becomes a nightmare through repetition

An unread book gathering dust on a shelf

 

A provider that gives by destroying itself

The parent who puts their own needs last in preparation

Does the fear of holding a child reside in others as it does myself

 

Destruction delivered by means of stealth

Is it better to have had and lost in devastation

Does the fear of holding a child reside in others as it does myself

An unread book gathering dust on a shelf. 

 

2019©DSCoremans

 

To see this poem being read, check out my Youtube Channel by following the link: https://youtu.be/RLXDn2Vpcb4

 

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