For My Future Grandchildren

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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.

Clean water.

Good Air.

Forest Floors.

River beds.

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.

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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.

90 comments

  1. 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.
    Best!
    Kimberly Crawford
    http://www.lastmomstanding.com

  2. 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.

  3. “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!

  4. 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!

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