Constraint & Complaint

Outrageous is the way the parent raved
when Grandma’s offering was overheard.
The father sought to rule how all behaved
while abdicating care – it was absurd.
Preposterous and futile his attempt
to dictate from a couch or easy chair.
He had no interest how his children dreamt,
and no priority for acting fair.

If he’s to offload hours with each kid,
depositing onto another lap
while timing out himself, then he must rid
his brain of the idea that he can trap
their talk, restrict their games, or govern rest.
It’s no excuse he’s anxious or depressed.

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