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

© judeitakali


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41 Comments Add yours

  1. Anisha says:

    Much needed aspect when growing up is to get rid of gender stereotyping. Great post, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Anisha, cheers

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Well said. We’ve got a long way to go though. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you K. At least we are on the path now

      Like

  3. mariamichaela says:

    I love this, Jude. What you said here is true.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michaela. I’m glad you agree 💛🌼

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  4. Wow that so thought provoking. A different perspective, a question that I always have in my mind.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you, yeah it has many variables but the last three lines should be constant at the least

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  5. So true… Nice little tale here…

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much

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  6. T.N. says:

    “Kindness leaves the deepest mark
    Understanding shapes the brightest talent”

    So, so true and so effective

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much T.N, I’m glad you appreciate this. It’s very heartfelt

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  7. Yes Jude little children and their talents are surely crushed and we must keep them go ahead with their talents besides studies too. Such a beautiful and lovely poem. Too good 👌👌👌👌👌

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you 😊 I’m so glad you agree

      Like

      1. Welcome Jude a wonderful poem 😊😊😊😊

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