We style our children according to our Values In designer snacks And second-hand shoes We show those other parents How it’s done. Team uniforms The latest teenage cut On the four-year-old. How dirty they’re Allowed to get at play. They play, His, zir, zirs. Education on his sleeve Or how up-to-date our correctness is. No cowboy and indian, Native American, Indigenous, First People. Halloween costumes here. We play power politics on the playground, We show privilege in unbrushed hair In dirty, holy, too small clothes… My child is too creative Free Independent Strong-willed To conform to cleanliness and what you think ze should wear. He sleeps when he’s tired. Chooses between the five options put before him. All healthy, of course. I am telling you the food my refrigerator can afford. And that I don’t need to wake At sunrise to get him dressed and out the door so I can go to work. Unless, of course, that’s the only time I could possibly fit in yoga. We lay all our insecurities bare at the playground. Creativity is the skill to learn For tomorrow’s unknown jobs. My MFA and dad’s PhD aren’t guaranteeing green enough for Four or five options on the table. But it’s all part of the plan. Delayed gratification is perhaps The best indicator for a successful life. But he can have that cookie; It’s organic.