Growing Dreams and Saving Talents #poetry

The little boy says,
he’d like a dollhouse

The little girl says,
she’d like a Lego set

He wants to re-enact the fairytales in his book
Rapunzel with a twist
A prince calling for her to lay down her hair
And rescue him from an evil beast

She wants to build an awesome world
Unencumbered by gender
Where little girls pilot the latest crafts
And build the greatest cities

His father says no! You must be a man!
Buys him a transformer instead
His unknown dreams of being a writer
Flashing down the drain

Her mother says no! You are my little princess!
Buys her a Barbie instead
Her proclivity for invention
Fading beyond the horizon

What must a boy like
What must a girl have
When blurred lines and liberal times
Send fear down a parent’s spine
When culture and vogue collide
Killing dreams beneath their boots

The morals we pass
Should be woven around dreams
Not crashed onto talents unpursued

And though difficult it may be
When gender lines dissipate
Whatever we may believe and want to impart
A softer touch goes the longest way
Kindness leaves the deepest mark
Understanding shapes the brightest talent

ยฉ judeitakali


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44 Comments Add yours

  1. Your poem echoes my thoughts Jude. It’s time we changed the mindset on the gender roles.
    Happy that more people are bringing out this aspect today ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah, we need to weave religion and culture around equality

      Like

  2. This a very well thought and well written poem. We should actually rise above the gender based role and discrimination and let people decide what they want to do based on their passion and not on gender

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I totally agree but I think it’s traditions and religions that need to evolve to equality

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  3. kittysverses says:

    Yes, aspirations and interest should be of relevance, for one’s choice. Well written, Jude. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Kitty, I guess keeping a closer eye on the little ones can ensure we guide them whenever they pick an interest

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      1. kittysverses says:

        That’s true, Jude. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. KL Caley says:

    This is lovely – I especially like the last two lines: “Kindness leaves the deepest mark, Understanding shapes the brightest talent”.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you appreciate this๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ

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  5. Very insightful, Jude, and so agree with you. To allow a child to pursue his or her OWN dreams according to THEIR heart’s desires is the greatest Gift a parent can give. To be forced to be someone we are not is not the way for it only brings confusion, pain, and setting a child on the wrong path. What a different world we would live in if all parents gave each child the freedom to choose, with guidance of course, what his or heart desires. So much unhappiness has been created by putting children into boxes they don’t fit. Awesome post, dear friend. This one really struck home. I had to find my own path later on in life. I know what it is like to be forced in a box I was not meant to be in. Now I am OUTSIDE all boxes!! xo

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I know, I too used alot of time doing what was wanted for me. It’s not nice at all when you follow your passion years behind others

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  6. Very well written, Jude. We shouldn’t label people based on their gender. I’m totally with you on this. Rapunzel saving the prince from a terrible beast! I loved it.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I totally agree. Maybe its the rainbow movement that scares many a parent ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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      1. That and other stuff too, I guess

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  7. Era says:

    beautifully written โ˜บโ˜บ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Era

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      1. Era says:

        you’re most welcome โ˜บโ˜บ

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  8. ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved the poem! Children must be free to choose their path, trying to chain their dreams would be limiting the immense possibilities!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I agree. Guidance and not instruction

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  9. You are great. Thank you for writing this.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Gabriella for your support ๐Ÿ’›

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      1. My pleasure ๐ŸŒธ

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  10. Gender bias and gender roles are still prevalent in our World. In some ways we are so progressive, in others, so far behind. Thank you for writing this, jude. Great work!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Rishikar, it’s still a long road but we are walking and running it now

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