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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday: Of Pocahontas, Bungee Jumping, and Motherhood

May 31, 2012

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, ponderings

My daughter, Morgan, bungee jumps in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Kia Ora! (That’s a Maori greeting from New Zealand). My daughter, Morgan, returned yesterday from a Furman University Education Dept. May-mester foreign study trip. On their last day, she was first in line to bungee jump from the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown (the world’s first commercial bungee jump!).

Watching the video, I was amazed at how she leapt without hesitation, and with grace to boot! You see, she had said she would do a Pocahontas swan dive, and she did.

And with her halfway through college, and my son Seth a rising high school senior, I can’t help thinking about leaps from nests. (Echoes of last week: my preoccupation with nests continues with wrens just outside the back door, and a new little peeping occupant – probably a robin – high up in a camellia.)

Morgan and I always loved the movie, “Fly Away Home” (1996), about a 13-year-old girl sent to live with her sculptor father in Canada after the death of her mother. She ends up raising a motherless brood of Canada geese, and with her father’s knowledge of Ultralight planes, they lead the young geese on their first migration south, ensuring their survival. Inspired by a true story, there’s plenty of drama (and doses of humor) in this tale of growing up and of tricky family relationships. The movie also features one of my favorite songs of all time, “10,000 Miles," by the incredible Mary Chapin Carpenter. (If you haven’t heard it, grab a hanky and treat yourself . ("Fare thee well... .")

Thanks for indulging me in an original, personal poem this week.


When I was little,
my grandparents gave me
a Pocahontas doll.
I loved her red dress,
her smooth coffee skin,
her jet black hair.

I didn’t know I’d grow up
to have a real little girl
obsessed with Pocahontas , the Disney version.

In a flash she was a big girl, teasing her beloved AP History teacher:
Can’t we watch the movie in class?

I didn’t know this girl
would be so thirsty for the rush of air
that one day she’d leap
(held only by a cable)
40 meters down
from a bridge 10,000 miles away
in a perfect

Someday, I know,
she’ll leap from this nest.

I’ll dry my eyes,
smooth my feathers,
and sing to the wild, swirling world:

See that one there? Soaring with those iridescent wings?
She’s mine.

©Robyn Hood Black, all rights reserved

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  1. May 31, 2012 11:48 PM EDT
    I love this! My oldest, Isaiah, just graduated from high school. He is leaving in about six weeks to play football at a junior college in Arizona. I'm absolutely terrified for him. I am going to post your last stanza on my mirror, to remind myself that it will be ok. Carol
    - Carwilc
  2. June 1, 2012 12:10 AM EDT
    Oh, Carol, thank you! Congratulations to your son (and to you!) - wishing your family all the best in this exciting, trying season.
    - Robyn Black
  3. June 1, 2012 8:25 AM EDT
    Beautiful poem, Robyn. Loved hearing about Morgan's jump (what a brave girl!). You've made me want to see "Fly Away Home"again. Say hello to your birdies for me :).
    - jama
  4. June 1, 2012 9:45 AM EDT
    I know it's bad for my reputation, but you made me teary. My granddaughter is all those things; maybe more!
    - Reuben
  5. June 1, 2012 9:49 AM EDT
    Love it!!! Chill bumps!!! :)
    - elizabeth d
  6. June 1, 2012 11:07 AM EDT
    Jama, thanks! If we lived closer we could watch it together. I'd bring the movie and you'd be in charge of snacks! ;0)

    Reuben - appreciate the visit. (Your curmudgeonly reputation is safe with me... .)

    e, Thank you for dropping in! :0)
    - Robyn Black
  7. June 1, 2012 11:29 AM EDT
    What a great story and wonderful poem! I don't know how she did that but I love watching it in your photos. Thanks for sharing.
    - Andromeda Jazmon Sibley
  8. June 1, 2012 11:36 AM EDT
    The poem about your daughter captures a mother's feeling about their child leaving home. It's a jewel! I wrote one for an anthology about the process of growing up and saying goodbye. Most mothers grieve, while the children rejoice. That is the way it has to be, so children can find their path in life. It's hard for the mother, though.
    I went to Australia years ago, but I didn't bungee jump. I did give a concert over there. It is a beautiful country.
    - Patricia Cruzan
  9. June 1, 2012 12:29 PM EDT
    Hi, Andi! Thanks for stopping by. She got that heights/adventure gene from other members of the family, not moi... ;0)

    Patricia, thanks for your comments and insights. So true! And I didn't know you had performed in Australia. Must have been a special trip.
    - Robyn Black
  10. June 1, 2012 1:57 PM EDT
    - JEFF
  11. June 1, 2012 2:03 PM EDT
    Hi, Robyn. You must feel good about raising a fearless daughter. No wonder there is a connection to Pocahontas. Your poem captures your hesitation and pride! (Fly Away Home is a favorite in our family too, beautiful movie.)
    - Laura Shovan
  12. June 1, 2012 2:08 PM EDT
    Thanks, Laura! That movie - or just the first few bars of that song - get me every time.
    - Robyn Black
  13. June 1, 2012 4:07 PM EDT
    Lovely imagery, Robyn! I just got back from spending the day watching a middle school graduation event. All the emotion was exhausting!
    - Tabatha
  14. June 1, 2012 5:10 PM EDT
    Hi, Tabatha; thanks! These rites of passage aren't for sissies - kids or grown-ups!
    - Robyn Black
  15. June 1, 2012 5:27 PM EDT
    Oh the many leaps they make! You were able to capture so much of what it feels like to watch as our birds take flight from the nest. What a brave young lady!
    - Tara
  16. June 1, 2012 5:37 PM EDT
    Thanks, Tara. It's a universal passage, isn't it?
    - Robyn Black
  17. June 1, 2012 5:38 PM EDT
    Dang! If that's a jump from the nest, then what I did was tiptoe away! Scary stuff, diving with nothing but a rubberband to catch you!
    - Mary Lee
  18. June 1, 2012 6:31 PM EDT
    Ha ha, Mary Lee! She's way braver than I. She also assures me there's never been a mishap at any commercial New Zealand bungee place (or, "bungy" over there).
    - Robyn Black
  19. June 1, 2012 7:49 PM EDT
    It's so lovely. I love that she leaps from the nest. And I love the end when you sing to the wild, swirling world with pride.
    - Liz Steinglass
  20. June 1, 2012 8:33 PM EDT
    Awww. What a beautiful poem, Robyn. Poems fueled by someone dear to your heart are always beautiful. I love every single line, but my ultimate favorite were the last two. /tears =) Thanks so much for sharing your talent!
    - Fats from Gathering Books
  21. June 1, 2012 8:55 PM EDT
    Liz, thanks so much. They grow up fast, as I'm sure you're learning.

    Hi, Fats! Thanks for such kind words. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  22. June 2, 2012 9:05 AM EDT
    Yes, these little birdies have their own way of leaving the nest, don't they? What a gift to your daughter, this image of her as Pocahontas. Thanks for sharing this heartfelt poem. And to answer your question from last week (summer has me hopping!): I will actually be in north GA while you are here at Hester's retreat! Hope y'all have a great time. xo
    - Irene Latham
  23. June 2, 2012 9:12 AM EDT
    Thanks, Irene! And I guess I'll wave to your hometown next weekend; you wave to mine. ;0). xo
    - Robyn Black
  24. June 2, 2012 9:33 AM EDT
    You've perfectly captured the mix of sadness, nostalgia, and pride we mothers feel at that leap. Nice work.
    - Dorireads
  25. June 2, 2012 11:19 AM EDT
    Thank you, Doraine! I appreciate your dropping by.
    - Robyn Black
  26. June 2, 2012 12:03 PM EDT
    Wonderful! My first-born has a birthday today and it's a really big number. Understanding the way you're feeling!
    - Ruth (
  27. June 2, 2012 1:15 PM EDT
    Thanks, Ruth - Happy Birthday to your "baby"!
    - Robyn Black
  28. June 3, 2012 9:40 PM EDT
    What a lovely mix of nostalgia and mothering pride. I can so relate!
    - violet
  29. June 4, 2012 10:37 AM EDT
    Thank you for popping in, Violet! So many universal feelings. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  30. June 7, 2012 7:36 AM EDT
    Lovely entry and poem, Robyn! I've seen that movie before, too, although I don't recall a lot of the specifics. And, it sounds like Morgan had a wonderful time on her trip! She's one brave girl!
    - Gisele :)
  31. June 7, 2012 11:07 AM EDT
    Thank you, Gisele! Yep, she definitely got the "adventure gene." ;0)
    - Robyn Black

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