let this be

devotion to religion comforted my grandmother’s odd circle
i can see how we all need something in which to believe
but her blind faith never comforted me
her sharp and fearful words caused much suffering you see
though i would never take from her the beliefs that set her free
i wish in return she had just once promised
not to take that which she refused to see:
a devotion to kindness
and matronly protection from a girl of only three
let this leave me nana
let this be

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…and even after all this time
it can still make me feel
white bread and average
the cloyingly mushy middle
of a brilliant girl sandwich

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  • sandra .
    sandra .almost 2 years ago

    I get this Lisa.:)
    Poetically beautifully said
    Sandra x

  • sadly, i wonder how many of us out here do…..
    thank you for your comment Sandra xoxoxo

    – greeneyedlady

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsalmost 2 years ago

    I can relate and you have related the feelings so well. Jane xx

  • thank you Jane, i appreciate you!!

    – greeneyedlady

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Ralmost 2 years ago

    This is well said. I can relate, but it still had a surprised impact on me when you say:
    and matronly protection from a girl of only three
    Children of any age should be given the respect they need as individuals. To impose our wills and thoughts to me is abuse. Sorry to say this in this way, but though I find this to be true, we do still love our nanas.

  • no need to be sorry, Iris, the thought had occurred to me before….and yes, we do still love them, even if we can look back later on their "teachings"and see them as misguided….thank you for your comment, it helps xoxoxox

    – greeneyedlady

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 2 years ago

    This is very powerful and indeed easy to relate to for some of us. Children….they are our most precious gifts, and must be treated as such. It is so disturbing that some adults do not realize the effects their ‘beliefs’ have on us. Let this leave you.
    Sending hugs, shar xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • i believe i will :)
    thanks for the hugs, Lisa
    xoxoxoxoxoxox

    – greeneyedlady

  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago


    Congratulations! Here’s to kindness! Beautifully written!
    View your feature and celebrate Femine Intent with me
    Jan 2013

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