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Poem: "Like Mother, Like Son" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Like Mother, Like Son"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from rowyn and ellenmillion.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the Torn World project.  It will be submitted to the Canon Board but has not been approved yet.


Like Mother, Like Son


Floqu smiled to see
her son at play --

pretending to cook in minature clay dishes,
sweeping the floor and making beds,
tending a hearthfire made with felt flames,
dressing a little Orsi doll --

and said proudly to the other domestics,
"You just watch: my son will be
a raiser just like me."

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starcat_jewel From: starcat_jewel Date: December 7th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this.

The concept of "raisers" is one of the things I like best in Janet Kagan's Mirabile, where she postulates it as a necessary job (and not limited by gender) in a world where maintaining the diversity of the gene pool was vitally important, and no one could be allowed not to reproduce just because they weren't personally suited for raising children. If we had such a thing in our culture, I might not have chosen to be childfree.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 7th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>I love this.<<

Thank you!

>>The concept of "raisers" is one of the things I like best in Janet Kagan's Mirabile, where she postulates it as a necessary job (and not limited by gender) in a world where maintaining the diversity of the gene pool was vitally important, and no one could be allowed not to reproduce just because they weren't personally suited for raising children.<<

I love that book.

Yes, the reasoning is much the same among Northerners in Torn World. It makes for a very different family structure -- the primary bond is usually to age-mates instead of parents, and age-sets or individuals will latch onto different raisers.

>> If we had such a thing in our culture, I might not have chosen to be childfree. <<

I wish we had this option too. Flexibility is a good thing.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: December 9th, 2012 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I really loved Mirabile, and Hellspark too. (Linguistic sf!) I wish she'd lived to write more.

I don't think I've written a Mirabile filk, but one verse of "Flat on Your Ass" -- filking a song of catsittingstill's -- is about Mirabile.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 9th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>>I really loved Mirabile, and Hellspark too. (Linguistic sf!) I wish she'd lived to write more.<<

Yea, verily.

Save the kangaroo rex!

>>I don't think I've written a Mirabile filk, but one verse of "Flat on Your Ass" -- filking a song of catsittingstill's -- is about Mirabile.<<

I love "Flat on Your Ass." Thank you so much for sharing.
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