Sometimes I Wish . . .

Sometimes I wish
I could just let go.
Let my mind fall into the
secret world of insanity
where life takes on the shapes of your dreams.

But I know those dreams could easily turn into nightmares.

Sometimes I wish
I could just let go
of responsibility and appropriateness
of doing good in the face of bad
of my sense of decency and justice
that other people find so easy to ignore.

But then my heart weeps.

Sometimes I wish I could just let go
of the fears that hold me back
and the kindness that does the same.
I wish I could become the tigress
fighting for her family despite
the pain she may inflict
on others.
Or the secret viper whose poisonous bite
destroys without care.

Sometimes I wish . . .

But then

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40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hilary
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 07:23:19

    Lovely. Simply lovely.


  2. Taochild
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 09:12:52

    If wishes were trees we would have no problem with the ozone layer! But I sure can relate (except I don’t get the hug as often).

    Nicely put as always!


  3. Mrs. H.
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 09:36:18

    Guh! Okay, you, that’s not fair. I’m nearly in tears over here…in my office…at 9:30 in the morning, lol. Seriously, though, that was so powerful yet unencumbered. And the accompanying picture…beautiful. (I’ll admit that my very first gut reaction was, “I want one….” My husband is in trouble. That clock’s a-tickin! ;)) Thanks for the honest reminder of the tension between sacrifice and true love. :)


    • Lisa
      Apr 26, 2011 @ 11:20:14

      LOL. Apologize to your husband for me.


      • Mrs. H.
        Apr 26, 2011 @ 14:16:07

        Shhhh…he doesn’t have to know that you had anything to do with it! ;) (Truth be told, between you and Tori, poor Robert really doesn’t stand a chance! Lol.)


        • Lisa
          Apr 26, 2011 @ 14:19:43

          :D Honestly I have so many friends having babies lately, and Sarah isn’t a baby any more. I want another one, even though I think the clock is broken. Sigh. (Sarah asked for a sister the other day too. Sheesh!)


          • Mrs. H.
            Apr 26, 2011 @ 22:17:02

            Oh man! That’s just not fair! Although, now that you mention it, I’m pretty sure my sister and I tortured our mom with requests for a baby brother well after she had decided that two was her limit. I think kids are just programmed to do that. I’m sure mine will do it to me, lol.


  4. Aligaeta
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 10:14:27

    Isn’t the magic of cuddles wonderful!


  5. Tori Nelson
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 10:26:18

    Oh I love.
    “of doing good in the face of bad
    of my sense of decency and justice
    that other people find so easy to ignore.”… This wanting to do the right thing amidst those who don’t care enough to stop doing bad is a constant struggle for me.


  6. Vixter2010
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 11:54:15



  7. Jerri
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 11:55:20

    The picture says it all. You already have one, but: I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you accept you comment that you accept and nominate 15 other bloggers.


  8. Piglet in Portugal
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 12:37:07

    Beautiful poem :)


  9. Kathryn McCullough
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 13:22:35

    Wow! Lisa, the juxtaposition of words and image is powerful–terrible and tender! Well done, my friend!


  10. Ed Williams
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 16:21:31

    SO nice! Really, REALLY nice.


  11. sparksinshadow
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 16:24:04

    I felt this beautiful poem as I read it, and I’ve felt some of these very same things. Thanks for sharing this.


  12. Jingle
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 19:03:42

    superb, glad to see you in the rally…

    visit me to claim the 3 awards

    you rock!


  13. tasithoughts
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 19:21:40


    • Lisa
      Apr 26, 2011 @ 20:17:52

      Maybe embodying wishes will help them come true, although I’m not sure these are the best wishes to have. ;)


  14. Aadi Mohan
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 04:10:27

    I feel you. And given that its maternal instinct, I’ll just chalk it up to parental instinct. Though the first part spoke to me in a entirely different voice.


    • Lisa
      Apr 27, 2011 @ 06:09:51

      Thanks for noticing the two voices. It started with one idea, but my daughter interrupted me while I was writing, and brought the poem in a completely different direction.


  15. Mitu
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 09:12:40

    its so touching…….beautiful and simple and elegant……..loved it :)


  16. swanrose
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 17:20:38

    awesome way to end it. Very clever and heart warming. Nice work

    my thursday post was here


    • Lisa
      Apr 27, 2011 @ 17:28:57

      Thank you. It was kind of a surprise ending because my daughter came and asked for a snuggle in the middle of writing that. I think the poem was heading in a different direction, but inspiration struck.


  17. thepetalpusher
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 20:55:55

    touching thanks for sharing with us


  18. Henry Clemmons
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 21:34:33

    Way on the sweet side of town. Loved it.


  19. cornerphd
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 15:22:03

    a melancholy acceptance.


  20. Lisa
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 07:45:14

    Thank you for reading. Melancholy indeed.


  21. a.m. trumble
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 13:32:58


  22. samyak
    Apr 30, 2011 @ 08:29:50

    Beautiful and moving!

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. I just loved it.



    • Lisa
      May 01, 2011 @ 09:07:50

      Thank you and welcome. I’ll be by to visit soon. I’ve been sick all week and haven’t been around often, so please forgive.


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  24. sillyfrogsusan
    May 13, 2011 @ 13:51:09

    I love this piece! The flow, the sentiment, the imagery…all wonderful! Bravo!~Susan


    • Lisa Wields Words
      May 14, 2011 @ 01:51:25

      Thank you so much Susan. I’ll be by to visit soon, as I am currently at a conference. Thank you so much for your kind words.


  25. LoLa
    May 14, 2011 @ 09:09:31

    I love it. I know what you speak of. Thank you


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