You think they’re invincible
You think they will always be there.

But at some point the tables turn
Things are not always fair

You start to worry about them
As they used to do with you

They need help they didn’t before
Tests, scans, exams they need to do

You can’t imagine a world without them
I can’t think about that you see

I just start to think that you will think
All this, one day, about me

You think they have the answers
When you’re small and young

You think they know just what to do
But now I know that isn’t true

So I will hold your hand
As we work out what is wrong

I hope that it is nothing
Crossing fingers, hoping, long

I wish I was that little girl
Looking up into your eyes

I wish I was oblivious
To the world, it’s schemes and lies

Emily 2013

11 thoughts on “Invincible

  1. judithkingston

    I sincerely hope it is nothing. It is so sad and disorienting when your parents start to need you instead of you them. This strikes a chord as we are looking at my lovely mother in law like this now.

  2. blueberetmum

    This poem is so sad and resonates with how I feel about my parents at the moment.. The problem is that we live thousands of miles apart and it is very difficult to be there for them when they need me. All the best for you and your family. x

  3. dragonsflypoppy

    This is very very touching, and resonates profoundly with me just now. I’m still too emotional to say much more having read this, but it was spot on Emily. Just right. Sending you and your family much love for whatever you are facing xx #Prose4T

  4. Wicked World of Lucas

    This really struck a chord with me. This year my Dad has been ill and it’s suddenly struck me that mum and dad aren’t as young as they were. Really loved reading this #prose4t

  5. Victoria Welton (@VicWelton)

    What a really wonderful poem – and so thoughtful. It is so true, you think your parents are the strongest people in the world and then you start to give back to them as they get older. I do hope everything is OK lovely xx. Thanks for linking to Prose for Thought x


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