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since 1999-09-18
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Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash

0 posted 2000-06-27 10:06 PM

I never thought I’d have to stand and fight
Against the very people charged to teach
My son to learn to speak and help him reach
What some might call a normal life.  Tonight,
Like many other nights, my doubts indict
The righteousness of my resolve, impeach
The soundness of my judgement, whereas each
Delay exacerbates a young boy’s plight.
It’s hard enough to raise my son without
The added obstacles that aggravate
The fear of knowing every minute choice
I make must be, without the slightest doubt,
In his best interest; a grievous weight
That I must bear to give my boy a voice.

[This message has been edited by jbouder (edited 06-27-2000).]

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since 1999-06-07
Posts 6871
1 posted 2000-06-27 10:20 PM

This is so painful, Jim. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to deal with this. Wonderful work, and great job with the format (Italian sonnet am I correct?). And by the way, it has my vote.


I'm grabbing my hat and coat
I'm leaving the cat a note
Quick call me a ferry boat-getting out of town!

Member Elite
since 2000-03-06
Posts 3733
2 posted 2000-06-27 10:38 PM

I'm not sure what type of writing this is but the story was told through the loving heart of a parent.  We don't know helpless or strength until we are the voice of a child.  Good luck to you~
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since 2000-06-26
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Blue Heaven
3 posted 2000-06-27 11:43 PM

heartstrings aplenty...
very nice

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito. - Virgil.
"Yield thou not to adversity, but press on the more bravely".

Member Rara Avis
since 1999-07-17
Posts 7704

4 posted 2000-06-28 02:35 AM

Hey Jim - missed seeing you around!

wow, this is wrenching...and superb.

Well done...


Member Elite
since 1999-06-19
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5 posted 2000-06-28 12:15 PM

Well written.  Add a vote.
Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
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6 posted 2000-06-28 01:40 PM

excellence from your pen ...your voice...
to also be his voice ...
take care, jm

Sudhir Iyer
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since 2000-04-26
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Mumbai, India : now in Belgium
7 posted 2000-06-28 01:44 PM

Shall I say that this is a tremendous pice of writing...


Death, be not proud, though some have called thee,
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

- John Donne

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Member Elite
since 1999-11-03
Posts 3885
Oklahoma, USA
8 posted 2000-06-28 01:46 PM

Hi Jim,

I remember this well from CA. It was great then and still is. A wonderful sequel to "My Son".


Member Elite
since 1999-09-18
Posts 2534
Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash
9 posted 2000-06-29 09:05 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.  Elizabeth, you are correct ... this is an Italian sonnet.


Member Seraphic
since 1999-05-20
Posts 21191
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
10 posted 2000-06-29 10:59 PM

Two thumbs up...
Member Rara Avis
since 1999-08-02
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Purgatorial Incarceration
11 posted 2000-06-30 04:48 PM

Two more. Jim, you have a powerful voice. I hope the same can be born in your son!  
Lady in Red
since 2000-02-16
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12 posted 2000-06-30 05:15 PM

A wonderful sequel to "My Son" indeed Jim. Enjoyed this very much !
Senior Member
since 1999-06-23
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13 posted 2000-07-10 07:21 PM

This just wrenches, powerfully written.

Definately gets my vote.

Member Empyrean
since 1999-09-21
Posts 28049
14 posted 2000-07-10 07:53 PM

This poem shows your strength and your love...beautifully done!
Member Elite
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Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash
15 posted 2000-07-10 09:50 PM

Thanks for all of your kind replies.

The good news is I'm winning the fight.  The better news is the other side doesn't realize how bad they are losing.  

Thanks again.


Dark Angel
Member Patricius
since 1999-08-04
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16 posted 2000-07-11 10:42 AM

This is so beautifully written! voting  
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since 2000-02-02
Posts 664
17 posted 2000-07-12 12:13 PM

I like it...well written
true words
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If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

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since 1999-11-05
Posts 1359
18 posted 2000-07-12 05:53 PM

Guess i said it all before jim ...  

your friend


[This message has been edited by Poertree (edited 07-12-2000).]

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19 posted 2000-07-12 07:47 PM

Member Elite
since 2000-01-18
Posts 4713
20 posted 2000-07-13 04:05 AM'll find the voice with your inner strength it's amazing where it comes from.
This poem is touching and I send hugs to you and your family.

Love is the life of the soul...
It is the harmony of the universe

Elizabeth Santos
Member Rara Avis
since 1999-11-08
Posts 9269
21 posted 2000-07-13 06:56 AM

Both of your wonderful poems should be published in the local paper, in fact in a lot of publications.
I hope they will be. They are certainly engraved in my heart

Forrest Cain
since 2000-04-21
Posts 306
Chas.,W.V. USA
22 posted 2000-08-03 09:30 PM

Good stuff. You have my vote.


Member Elite
since 2000-05-13
Posts 3552
High Springs, Florida
23 posted 2000-08-05 05:05 PM

you must be a terrific father    strength be yours for the fight..

great write..i dont know anything about italian sonnets, but this is wonderful  


"Half of what i say is meaningless; but i say it so that the other half may reach you."
-Kahlil Gibran

Member Elite
since 1999-12-27
Posts 3263

24 posted 2000-08-06 09:48 PM

The responsibility of a parent is a sobering but joyous gifting. I admire the way you've expressed your concerns here.

~ Claire

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau

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