the children

open your eyes
gaze clearly
upon the children
they are the legacy
of yourselves
left and cast aside

forward moving
are the children
who would not step
back or to the side
hate them for
the future
they blame you for
the past

open your ears
listen compassionately
to the language of the children
they speak prophecies
of days to come
they will live it
when you are gone

broken hearted
are the children
who now realize
they can find acceptance
only in
themselves

unforgiven
are the children
they own their
mistakes
and yours
they do not apologize
for what they
have learned