Sink or Swim

Why do I find it hard

to accept his weakness.

Surely as his father

I should show him forgiveness.

Is it because when

I look at him, I see myself

and I punish him for not

being someone else.

A person who doesn’t care

what others say,

who is strong willed enough

to go his own way.

My heart is bursting

with the love I have for him

but my mind is worried

whether he will sink or swim.

All I want for him is

a happy and healthy life,

not to feel like his soul

has been cut in two with a knife.

back view of a person carrying a backpack looking into the ocean
Photo by Kristina Nor on


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