In the eyes of the child, there was wonder and joy,
You could see his excitement at this sparkling new toy.
In the eyes of the parents, you could see their pride.
The love for their child, they did not try to hide.
In the eyes of the child, his parents were tall,
They would always be there should mishaps befall.
In the eyes of the parents, this time would not last.
This child became a teen-ager and a man all too fast.
In the eyes of the child, his time had now come,
His parents disagreed, now he thought they were dumb.
In the eyes of the parents, he still needed to be led,
They could not understand what went on in his head.
The conflicts would come with the shouts and the screams.
Both the child and the parents thought, "There go our dreams."
But their love was still there though it lay deep beneath,
It was hard to see through harsh words and clenched teeth.
In the eyes of the child, things slowly changed.
He began to see they were not really so strange.
In the eyes of the parents, he began to mature,
Now he would make it, of that they were sure.
Now many years later the roles are reversed.
They're on a new stage with no chance to rehearse.
This child's now a man and the change is complete,
To make sense of what's happened, he constantly seeks.
He's now the parent, his mom's now the child.
This man's now a stranger in the eyes of the child.
© 2000, Jerry Ham
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