Be A Good One

The other day while I was washing the dishes, this poem began to write itself in my head, starting with what became the third paragraph.
I immediately dried my hands and sat down to write it. But it wasn’t finished. At 1 am, as I tossed and turned, I wrote another paragraph.
In the morning, as sleep still sat heavily on my eyes, I finished it.
So, it was a bit of a journey.
And the more I wrote this poem, for my future children, putting down my hopes and wishes for them, I realized something.
Yes, I hope to one day share this with my children. More than anything, I hope for them to take on this attitude towards life, to face life with their hearts open and their minds strong.
But I realized that really, deep down, this poem is not addressed to them.
This poem is addressed to me.
 hey
hey
Child,
I want for you
to be a dreamer
a tryer
a fixer.
I want you to demand change
to make others uncomfortable
with how much you believe
in something.
I want you to shake this earth
with your words
and your actions
and demand change
when someone deserves better.
For everyone
at some point
deserves better.
hey
hey
Speak up
speak up

speak up
my child
Don’t let anyone tell you
that there are things
that can not
be changed.

 hey
hey
For all the people who will tell you
to stop fixing things
that ain’t broke
you hold up that broken screw
and show them
just because
it’s not broken
to you
does not mean
that it’s not
broken.
 hey
hey
They will tell you
This is the way it is
Stop trying
stop trying
stop trying
and you’ll tell them
My mama told me
to never stop trying

so I’m going to keep trying
until I have no more try
inside.
hey
hey
Break the rules
Break the boxes
Don’t let anyone
Scare you
Don’t let anyone
Be the reason
You don’t do something
For we all
Come from earth
And return to it.
hey
hey

Tell everyone you love
That you love them
Give people
Compliments
I like your shoes
Your words
Your heart.
Tell them.
hey
hey
Child,
if you’re anything like me
there will be days
that the world pains you so
that you fall to the floor
with your heart in two
tears wiped on your sleeve
and you’ll ask G-d
why
He made a world
so full
of cruelty.
hey
hey
Child,
if you’re anything like me
there will be days
that you will laugh
as hard
as you ever have.
Your heart will feel
like it’s bursting
and you’ll ask G-d
how
He made a world
so full
of beauty.
hey
hey
We are not put on earth
to be satisfied
with how things go
we are put on this earth
to shake things up
to pull things out
to build and re-build
to mend and to fix
everything
that
we
see.
hey
hey

At least,
that’s how I see it.
In times of crisis
Child
Be the helper.
hey
hey
And although
it hurts
and it takes a lifetime
to understand
I hope you are
one of the ones
who knows from the get-go
that there’s no use
pretending
there’s no use hiding.
Those who matter,
those who care,
will love you.
And they’ll love you

for who you are.
hey
hey

Blog Post: 13/52


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