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Let Words Fall



let words fall

like petals soft and

fragrant

let the young ones receive

the benediction of

this perfumed breeze

wrapped in mercy

and steeped in love.


spare the rod, spoil the child

what nonsense is that?

what utter stupidity is that?!


the rod bruises and inflicts

a memory of fear

an animal-like sense

of cowering and unworthiness

that creates distance

loneliness

deep sorrow


but the smile bestowed

gentle words

just a sentence or two

all that is needed

to feel the resurrection of love

begin

a liquid sense of hope

and relaxation

entering


but most importantly

that question

that burning question

has finally been answered


yes

yes

yes, you are loved



Annie Kiyonaga


2015

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