Breakfast with My Son (Age 10)

I watch him, too.
How are you life all on your own?
Where the water breaks and the light enters.
What a curious misunderstanding of the meaning
of justice and warmth. I have given you
place here. Let me watch without
words, the pensive profile may be
etched in the sky for all I care.
Let it not be lost, oh so faraway,
forest of forgotten memories              so much forgotten
the visual, the audial, our platonic sensuality,
our mirage, our past life,
my motherhood, your childhood.
The essence of thought and the break.
The simplicity of breath without air.
You give me half of your food in offering.
You give thanks.
I will eat slowly.
This memory.


About Kate Houck

Educator. Human. Poet. Seeking truth through experience.
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23 Responses to Breakfast with My Son (Age 10)

  1. I remember those moments, my children’s mid-childhood, where you realize ten years have gone, and along with them the memory of what your child looked like and sounded like and moved like each day. Where does the time go? You’ve captured the wonder and poignancy. Beautiful.

    • Kate Houck says:

      I know, Cheryl! And I feel it so intensely this year. That there is some dramatic transition going on in his life and I am grasping at moments not to forget him as a child. At the same time, what a wonderful age! He still has the innocence of a child but approaches things with such maturity. Thank you for your thoughtful comment and making a connection to your own experience. It is what gives writing purpose and life. Much love 🙂

  2. Geo Sans says:


  3. 5h2o says:

    Love this poem. All the complexities of motherhood and memory —

  4. Mike says:

    Your tender thoughts have sparked a pleasant series of similar images here today Kate – thank you and nice work.

  5. We’ve been thinking in sync. I’ve been mulling over a poem for and about my boy, too. =) I like how you return to the concrete imagery at the end starting with the half of the food.


    • Kate Houck says:

      Diana, thanks! I’m hoping the poems about my kids are the best way (besides photos) to capture the emotions and feelings of these times. Honored by your kind words…Much love, Kate

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Today is my son’s 23rd birthday. Your poem brought back memories and it seems fitting that I should read this today! The time goes by quickly, but the memories do last, even if bittersweet.The child has been replaced by a man, and a fine one at that. May you be likewise blessed, Kate. 🙂

    • Kate Houck says:

      Happy 23rd birthday to your son! I’m so happy the poem brought back some of your memories and it is encouraging to know that we are able to hold onto these special moments in our minds. I am in no way surprised that you raised a fine man, Eliza 🙂 Thank you for your touching thoughts and inspiring example.

  7. Catnip says:

    I love this. Great thoughts.

  8. kauaiartist says:

    Aren’t you a delight! It makes me feel doubly complimented that you liked my poetry on WordMusic. Please come back often.

    Brent Kincaid

  9. kauaiartist says:

    That was beautiful!

    Oh, and thanks for liking my poem Hug Me!

  10. sheldonk2014 says:

    I was just thinking the other day I haven’t seen you, I hope everything is ok,and all is well with you and yours,I have a busy morning but I well be back later on to see what you have been you to

    • Kate Houck says:

      Thanks Sheldon for the kind thoughts. Been super busy with work and family this past week. Hoping to delve back into the world of writing and blogging very soon. Much love, Kate

  11. sheldonk2014 says:

    I love this one Kate,great metaphors,just stop by to say hello,to thank you for your support and encouragement,I will be back soon

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