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The Loving Nest

Hilary is a literary enthusiast. She was a proud bookworm even before she could read. Hilary enjoys composing poems when the whim strikes.


I was inspired to write this poem through my own personal experiences with overprotective parents. This poem explores the effect that overbearing parents can have on their young. Though they mean well, there is a time to let go, especially once a child reaches adulthood. If the parents refuse to acknowledge the maturity of their children and insist on protecting them, they will cause even greater harm to their offspring.

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The Loving Nest

A nudge. A kick. A jump.

Falling. Wings spreading. Ready-


Feathers clamped, noose tied.

Reeled into the loving trap.

Waiting. Longing. Suffocating.

Another day, another year, another leap.

Another chain, another lock, another cell.

Down and flesh bulge, straining at the collar.

Feathers spotted with ruby drops.

More time.

More love.


A desperate hurtle for the edge

Scrabbling for freedom off the ledge

Thorny ropes descend, tightening

Round till veins burst, brightening

The sky with brilliant crimson red

Wings askew, damaged





Hilary Hsieh (author) from Georgia on July 26, 2019:

Thank you very much for reading!

Shing Araya from Cebu, Philippines on July 26, 2019:

Heartfelt poem. Nice work.

Hilary Hsieh (author) from Georgia on July 22, 2019:

Thank you very much for your kind comment!

Lorna Lamon on July 22, 2019:

Your poem tells the story of how suffocating overprotective parents can be and the damage it can do. Thank you for sharing.

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