FLIGHTLESS BIRDS

Sleepless nights and colic pains,

Nappy wash and Nappy rash;

Wailing and crying, teething and tripping;

Oh! When will it be before they grow wings of their own?

Schooling and swotting,

Squabbling and screaming,

Class work’s not done, homework yet to be done,

The endless wails of ribbons lost and pencils misplaced,

Oh! When will it be before they grow wings of their own?

Pimples and acne, dates and mates;

Sighs and moans, puppy love and scowls;

Not enough clothes, not enough money;

Admissions and entrance, the never-ending tensions;

Oh! When will it be before they grow wings of their own?

Occasional calls and occasional letters,

The endless days and the endless nights,

Nothing misplaced and nothing to do;

Aches and moans of tired growing bones,

The endless silence of an empty house;

Oh! Why did they have to grow wings of their own?

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