The eye of the tiger,the bite of the shark, the gnashing of teeth from sweet evil embark

And vacant eyes stare in utter repose so beautiful yet so unaware

Of the years that were lost and the tears that it cost to be both mommy and daddy personified

Elegant tables of white linen and lace laid out in the sun of a glass chandelier

A dark handsome stranger whose name slips her mind as so many before in the blinding stale paleness

Of a one-night boudoir in the still of the night…She gave her heart once more [To the father she adored?]

The man who would make it alright…The children and wife, the whole other life

….Too late revealed, naked and torn… she gave the devil her soul and the lay of the land

Comes round her way, the moon in her eyes, the curve of her neck as the henchman awaits

In the dark alley of souls piled sky-high on the mountain and laid low in the back of her mind

Swinging and singing ‘Rock a Bye Baby‘ tonight in your arms I lie down

The dress in the attic stored away with her soul, the time on her face can’t detract or erase

All the beauty within and the innocence of the angel who lies in her arms

The next generation sprung from her loins one she buried that year-long ago; chin up

Tears merge into memories… No you don’t have a grandpa; But you have a nana  and you have a mama

Who is come to life to be a chameleon at fate’s destiny and the lady smiles gracefully for the lady she dreams

In the stillness of nights and the shrieks and the screams and the tears and the pain the eye of the tiger

The moan of the train and the gnashing of teeth and the wisdom she brings will protect her offspring

For all generations to come from de jay vu of the deadbeat daddy (s) who will never hurt this child or her mother

(The daughters she loves more than life), Linens and lace and a glass chandelier, A dark handsome prince

Will come riding my love, Will come riding my love,

Hush and you’ll hear with your heart, I do swear…

I am the whimsical flower child whose eyes have seen all, And whose heart overflows in utter repose in the lines

Of her smile… a lone tear flows down, She’ll move heaven and earth to vehemently end the recycled abuse,

My darling granddaughters, I had high hopes for your mothers and there is no glass slipper

Unless you design it yourself  so lie back and smile In utter repose; for I am your grandmother [and mama]

And I am your Grandpa [and daddy]…for he took leave a long time ago

And fairy-tale princes are paupers and toads may well emerge into kings

So be strong and be proud and scream long and scream loud for you are beautiful inside and out;

And no insolent lover or absentee daddy or male shark in life’s murky waters

Need validate -or dishonor- this truth which I bequeath to you now—so listen intently and hold tight all your days

You are worth all the gold in this harsh barren land, You are smart and witty and cunning and pretty

And more masculine minded than any red-blooded man; You are equal… not less, you are proper and fine

Your heart is as strong as your mind… you are honest and deserving, My sweet baby child; You are quick and unnerving

You are centered and mild, And you run all your life with the wild– You will face heartache and pain but are blessed with a strength

Which no man can decrease or erase and you will easily stand on your own.

For your legacy here is foretold… the courageous women whose blood flows like fire through your veins:

Honesty, honor, respect and pride; These are virtues of which you can firmly take hold

So dream all your dreams but first and foremost be true to yourself–you are a jewel of perfection

With lovely sparkles of flaws,You are so deeply loved, So remember my lady when you sharpen your claws

And you steel for your prey-be steady and strong and be true; be all that you must, there is no right or wrong,

In the end to your own self be true…And through all of the sweetness and gnashing and tears and the lace and the leather

And puppy dog tears and fairy tale princes and rivals and freaks and oceans so big that they drown out your shrieks

And love so colossal a single breath you can’t find and walls with no windows hide life’s torrential rains

as sweet cherub faces swallow up all your pain and all the “I love you’s’, scuffles and sniffles and screaming and sighs

And warm summer breezes and freezing goodbyes…And as spring turns to autumn and winter looms; stark and white

Just remember you’re a lady and woman and child and you’ll always be loved and you’ll always be mine…

Every end’s a beginning and every beginning, an end; And the struggles and strife are soft angel wing snuggles that will always engulf

And surround you within from the first golden smile indelibly carved in my heart, I shall hold you forever and ever again,

you incredibly swallow my heart, so fall down and pray and thank God, yes, thank God,  all the days of your life…

Sharon Lynn Van Meter

Copyright 2012


About sharonsharinginsights

Namaste'! I write poetry, stories, essays, reviews, editorials, screenplays, get the idea! I love to write. I graduated from UI&U in Vermont, U.S. with BA in Writing and Literature with a concentration in Women's Studies. I was chosen and interviewed as local artist for my writing on local online college magazine HOWL (circa 2003). My writings have been published in several genres and I have won numerous awards for my poetry. I am desirous of having my own collection of poetry and/or other writings published in my OWN book. I am passionate about women's issues, romance, love and a great number of benevolent causes. I am pretty passionate about almost anything that is NOT mundane or boring. I write from my soul (cliche' I know). Most of my work has been published and/or copyrighted (all either or both). My goal, again, is to publish a book of poetry, short stories, a novel, novellas, another song (collaborating with someone who writes music...hello, out there?)....OK more later, and thank you for checking me out! Sharon View all posts by sharonsharinginsights

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