Through Daddy’s eyes

A little boy is a gift. Just as
a mother robin protects
her nest within the framework
of the forest

so does a man for his son.
Little tyke, comfortably nestled
in daddy’s arms, asleep
coughing fit at rest

daddy admires his tiny nose,
floppy ears, high
cheekbones and wide brow
just like his own.

Life is love- 
tenderness from
a father for his little boy.

As a baby robin adapts to
Nature, the boy too will become
a man, older and wiser

one day he too may gaze
upon his own son. 


© Richard L. Provencher

“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