Poem by Karen Morash

Things I Have Advertently and Inadvertently Taught My Daughters This Past Year

No one is wholly good or wholly bad.
(with one or two exceptions)

A movie scene with a woman being a warrior can
make up for
badly-written dialogue

Their mother is not a morning person.

How to use the pressure cooker safely to make a boiled egg.

The joy of quiet, contemplative work.

How to do a backwards roll,
(But not, sadly, a cartwheel,
being never able to do one myself).

What puberty is
(deftly managing to avoid the why).

The sad story of Princess Diana.

How to walk home from school by oneself,
and
What to do if a stranger, friendly or not, approaches.

And if they are in a public space, and a person,
or perhaps persons, are behaving in a way
that suggests they intend devastating violence,
Get out of there as fast as you can,
Please, my darlings, fast as you can
and if you can’t escape,
Promise me that you’ll hide
Where only safe arms
Can find you
(But how will they know if the speeding van is just a bad driver or someone, deluded, demanding their sacrifice to make a point?)

What to do in case of fire.
Otherwise known as Don’t Trust Authority,
(I haven’t yet taught them that for some, this is useless knowledge.
Perhaps I should teach them to pray.)

Techniques for sprinting.

Things I Have Advertently and Inadvertently Taught My Daughters This Past Year by Karen Morashwon first prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (February 2018) judged by Mandy Pannett.

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