The little toy


The little toy

Resting 'neath the chair,
Far from its boxy homeland,
Salmon breed upstream.


Snack time

Gummy elephant,
Ants on a log, chomp, gulp, slurp.
Summer breeze drifts by.


Young laughter

Toffee'd sweet laughter,
Cackle, snigger, titter,
Spring warmth, melting snow.


The baby’s cry

Gentle now, sweet babe,
Cry not more tonight, soft, soft.
Moonlit crickets chirp.


The cycle of parenting & nature

Diligence, toil,
Care, love, work, reward, repeat,
White cranes soar in Spring.



© Jeremy Hsiao

“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