Some of us groom to make our parents proud,
    budding business executives.
Others set ourselves up to be disowned:
    purple hair, tattoos, and pierced tongues.

Many of us are between these extremes,
    closer to the latter,
trying mothers and fathers with tough love,
    challenging them to stay young.

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© 2006 Warren Farr, revised 3/18
Reprinted from Poems by an Artist.