goodly parents

"for you were born of goodly parents"
words light memory
so it is
no nonsense -- "grow up"

ever a watchful eye
i could count on them
each one
to show up

to show up
or to stay put
somehow they knew
"your word is your bond," he said

my "goodly parents"
were steady and true
i remember
shouting, tears, hurled milk

still, "goodly parents"
tried again and again
for more
teasing, praying, working

it was a patriarch's voice
but really God
He knew and so do i
"for you were born of goodly parents"



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