Roman at three

“It's a flower!”
Upon the hand
Plump glad smiles to signal
The exploration
“See, I found it.”
A look to the woods
A gesture
A knowing of the gift
“It was just there.”
And gold sparks fly
From within the eye
Of the bearer of fruit
“It's for you.”
And a tear wells up
While the heart explodes
My beautiful boy
I love you.

King of the Castle
(Roman at 5)

(written at the play castle, Commonwealth Park, Canberra)

The castle walls
Stone, concrete, mud
Built to last
The toughest conquest
Roaming arms
Legs, feet and eyes
A climbing child
Full of laughter
Exploring this world
Imagining, creating
How many things to do,
See and wonder about?
A valiant knight
Saving damsels in distress
Solving the puzzle
Of escaping the maze
Tunnels and towers
Maybe even traps
Only the clever can become
King of the Castle


© Maria Josey

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem