Birth cradle feed till contented
Without them needs unattended
More than physical they provide
Instill well-being confidence pride

Foundation essential to being
Grounding and encourage seeing
Education finances too
Clothe bodies give each foot a shoe

Fortunate their work doesn’t quit
No matter age count on their grit
Never abandon responsibility
Well of giving sets you free

Cycle reverses at some time
Become caretaker without any whine
Solid footsteps covered ground
Now they’re slowing down

Give back what you took for granted
Their giving got you firmly planted
Magic happens something like that
As you give get so much back

Many lessons from their being
Experience of living and seeing
Cycle of life revolving door
Giving taking what you came for

Who parented you and where are you in the cycle?

Can you acknowledge gifts received and honor reciprocity?

– Stewart Levine ©

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