Wild and Free


I will not tame you.

I will not demand,
day after day and year after year,
that you must be good,
that you must act nice,
that you must please everyone else
so that everyone else but you
is made to feel comfortable.

I will not shield your eyes
from everything ruthless in this world.

I will not leash you,
I will not rope you into some idea
of what you’re allowed to be,
of what you’re allowed to do;

I will not should on you.

All of this within reason, of course.
All of this within the knowledge
that my only goal forever will be
to keep you safe,
to protect you forever.

I will let you live as yourself,
wild and free,
as strong as you started,
seeing the world,
feeling the world
in all of its wonderful glory.


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  • Kelley saunders

    Another one I love!!

    August 9, 2015 at 3:14 am
  • barbara gaynor

    if only we COULD protect forever!

    August 9, 2015 at 3:36 am
  • Oh, I love this. Yes. I am just starting a blog post somewhat inspired by a book I read recently on the topic of my children not belonging to me, but instead passing through … and how devoutly I want to watch them go, even though so much of society’s message as far as I can tell is to hold on, manage, etc. I love this. xox

    August 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm

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