I want my future grandchildren,
and those that come after,
to say that I was fierce with heart.
I want them to know
that every action that I took
was mindful of their future existence,
that I was not merely a woman of resistance,
but a woman of vision.
To say that I didn’t just use my eyes to see
what was wrong in the world,
but used my hands and my heart to change it.
I want them to know
that grandma broke cy-cles
that I broke sweat to manifest dreams
that I broke bread with my enemies
that I broke open every morning
unafraid of the brilliance that I held inside.
I want them to say,
that I was never pushed down by criticism
and my ego was never elevated by praise
that I lived with the acknowledgement
that one day…
they would take their first breath, first steps
and I worked to protect
what was rightfully there’s.
I did not only live for myself
but I lived for love.
I lived for light.
I lived among giants
but my moral compass
guided me right.
End note: I wrote this poem while at the Kairos Intergenerational Elements of Justice Conference, on Squamish unceded territory while realising why I was there. I want my son to understand why I get involved, why it’s important for him to carry that fire in his heart and passion in his belly. We don’t do it for us… we do it for them.
This was beautiful!
A powerful anthem. Now, for the melody and harmony.
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How amazing and touching!
Thanks for the good words. My little guy and those that come after mean the most ❤
Wow! That was inspiring. I feel the same way but have ever been able to verbalize it how you did.
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Great things to keep in mind!
Wow this was so amazing, gave me goose bumps❤️
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Thank you for your sharing such a powerful poem. It calls me out as a mother; do I “show up” with my actions, for what I stand for? I think so. Though I know I can do more. Your family is very lucky to have such an eloquent, passionate guide! Looking forward to reading more from you 🙂
Laugh hard. Love strong. Live to serve.
We the Grandparents of Michael and Ariela agree with you on all points.
This is very inspiring…
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Wonderful, inspiring words
well…well it’s good sure….
This was truly beautiful
Great piece. check this out
Wow. That was raw!
That is really awesome. Congrats.
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So wonderful. #love #life
Cieeeee……. So powerful! 🙂
I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. My parents are in their seventies, and often I think of the lives they’ve lived, and about the choices we make… As the saying goes, we’re here for a good time, not a long time, and I feel such an urgent need to make it count. Great piece.
gotta love a “Trooper” quote! Thanks
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Very moving. I hope all of these things for my son as well.
Lovely and thought provoking post!
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love from the 021
love from the 250
This will inspire many just like this inspired me!
that was awesome – really nice
This is so good! I love the “that I broke…” repetition 🙂
Wow, so beautiful and so strong. Thank you.
I really like this! Congrats on FP!
Every single word carries emotions. Beautiful!
Thank you for reading and commenting. Now just to reflect my ideal. 🙂
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Made me think of what I have done so far in my life!
Awesome little piece! Keep it up .
I love it. Such a moving poem. x
“that I broke open every morning,” yes! that’s everything. I’m beginning to understand the importance of vulnerability. And any passionate person must recognize the necessity of opening up and letting it all in, no matter how much it hurts. It’s the only way the passionate can keep going. Keep doing what you’re doing, we need people like you. Thank you!
have you seen the TED talk on vulnerability? You should check it out it is amazing.
Have you seen the TED talk on vulnerability? It is amazing check it out. Thanks for the read!
Stumbled across your blog post randomly. So beautifully written!
thank you 🙂
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I hope to say this too to may future grandchildren…
Awesome, and inspiring. You reminded me that we are not just on a journey of self, but are preparing the way for generations to come. Wonderful write!
beautifully written Helen, thank you!