Birth rights

Brad's cabin, '13

Brad’s cabin, ’13

Perhaps it was on that day I was very small,
I decided what I wanted to be.
There was a small satisfaction in that,
a place to sit and fit.
And we all need that.

I remember they were happy with me,
for who I wanted to be,
everyone was happy there was a place
for me, though it was hard
and we didn’t see that at first.

Now I walk to the lake and it’s become
something more, the lake:
and on the way, the moss grown
plump in the cracks, the sidewalk
soggy: the aspect of the trees and
sky this time of year. It makes me
glad for who I am, though hard
to reconcile, with what I do.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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70 Responses to Birth rights

  1. “Then they expect you to pick a career …”

    Once you find the lake, it’s easier to resolve the two personas.

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  2. I’ve never had that ‘ah-ha’ moment when I knew what I wanted to be. What’s it like? Pretty satisfying, I’ll bet.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. ksbeth says:

    and there is nothing to say you can’t change your path as you go

    Liked by 4 people

  4. rossmurray1 says:

    I wanted to be a Mountie. Or a clown. Nurture vs nature.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. walt walker says:

    The last bit sent my brain off into a weird, dark place wondering what it is that he does. I imagined it being something sinister. I know that’s not where you were going, I I just couldn’t help it. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  6. davidspeter says:

    What a gorgeous post luv it friend, can’t say much mor like a step by step guilding post.

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  7. Wow, awesome post, with a very meaningful message.
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    Also, if you can, and you want to, I would really appreciate if you would reblog one of my blog posts, it sounds weird, I know, but I am new here, and I don’t really know how to attract viewers.
    Thank you so much, William. 🙂

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  8. My Theory says:

    This post is nice but read My Theory once and give me some feedbacks.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. “I remember they were happy with me,
    for who I wanted to be”

    The best present one can give to another.

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  10. I REALLY LIKED THE WAY YOU JUST WROTE IT…ITS BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN PIECE..:)
    REGARDS
    SIA

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  11. Kat says:

    It was a journey for 50 years to actually live what I knew to be my passion: to help people.
    My mother always discouraged my outreaches to people. “You need to live your own life,” she’d say.

    Today, I have come into my own, now mentoring people who wish to find that grounded place, too.
    Your poem brought it home with a deep sense of satisfaction.

    Thank you for sharing your gift.

    Sweet peace,
    ~Kat

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      Hey sweet peace to you Kat and your kind words, your story of helping others. What the world be like without people like you? Thanks for visiting. Bill

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  12. mluciamontoya says:

    Still looking for that place in the world, hopefully I’ll be strong enough one day to build a cabi beside that lake and thrive.

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    • pinklightsabre says:

      I wish you well on that, for me it’s a very brief but important place that’s physical and internal, to feel settled. Thanks for reading and sharing your point of view. — Bill

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  13. I connected with this poem. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. byebyebeer says:

    Just saw this in the Discover feed – congrats! It’s a beaut.

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  15. BloggableFeed says:

    The poem is meaningful. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Thanks for sharing this Nice Post…

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  20. This is beautiful… I hope I can get to this moment and feel as happy as you

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  22. recoveringslowlyblog says:

    This is beautiful. I love it.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. studentzy says:

    This is beautiful, I wonder how are you making poem, the combination of words.. etc.

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  24. I just saw this thing got Discovered. Hell, yes.

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  25. Mayzeshop says:

    Yesss… Happy Family…

    Family is precious treasure

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  26. Malatya Escort says:

    Nice Post

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Such a lovely piece. The impact stil echoed in my mind after I read it.

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  28. You are really a destiny chosen being. You decided your future and nature adopted it for. Greats

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  29. hellorsa says:

    That moment when u have to keep going.

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  30. Those who are born to lead, are equally authored by nature to make history. You have made that history even without knowing when you were making the history. I hope others will learn from you.

    Like

  31. Very evocative and I love the language – so descriptive and fascinating and really paints a picture. Thanks for sharing with the world!

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  32. I want a moment like that!

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