I’ve a wak in my ear


Of course we love our children
but it hurts a mother’s ear:
“Dear mama, your big bottom
is too fat to fit in here!”

Finally we are seated
and (sigh) ready for the show
when, of course, he says “Quickly
to the toilet I must go.”

Shiny eyes at wondrous sights,
cockle warming to the core,
but stitches and sleepless nights –
I’m not coming back for more.

Their grammar is delightful,
rules are bent, but it is fair.
A child’s view is insightful:
“I’ve got a wak in my ear.”

Remember singular nouns
and plurals?  Oh, so much fun.
“You may say there’s wax in my ear
but, Mama, I’ve just got one!”


© Leanne Wicks

“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