A friend once told me,
by peter rodenby
we replace people we have lost.
Not a careless, indifference to uniqueness,
just away of substituting someone
we would rather not live without.
I have always considered that observation a correct one,
recently I have had cause to reconsider.
A partner we expect to trust,
love and cherish
Equally we expect these gifts in return.
Children we love, wonder at,
keep a tender spot for them,
no matter how they may disappoint or desert.
We still see them as our beloved,
our real investment in the future.
There has not been a substitute for my children
I have found my life extremely empty.
They do not appear to have, or need, a replacement for me.