That’s Not My Way

I’m always playing defense
as long as I recall
Learned punishment from elders
living by their own set of rules
experienced from pain, mine & others’
– thank God I wasn’t the first child –

At nine, nuns took me under their wings
and showed me growth taught with love
deep-seated roots
though I think they thought
I’d join the Franciscan Order
– but I knew better inside, even then –


Author: Emma Beane

"My history is still one of those mysteries I struggle with every day..." - [ebeane] ... All original works Copyright Emma Beane

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