Bobbie Sparrow – Beat the same drum

It’s not enough to suckle and rear
two sons who have never been here
before    nor will ever be seen again
it’s not enough to hold a home in your heart
invisibly    steer it with spirit
it’s not enough to counsel
to watch clothes dance on the line
to roll pebbles down the hill
it’s not enough to feed and water
to place four needs evenly around the house

you must shine to the world
put coins in your pocket
letters by your name you must be thin
you must produce
and most importantly be
busy    busy    busy
you must value the herd
spend little time on your son’s wings
more on the knot in his tie

in the quiet of the early morning
you must ignore the bird in favour of the bell