What You Grow Into

That first breath
Sudden flutter
Body spasms
Cries shudder

Just responding
To the the world
Oh why out here
Is it so cold

For some of us
Our births were fine
Others though
Were out of line

To a mother
Who is loving
Little babies
Most becoming

For some beings
Who weren’t planned
From the start
They are damned 

Who are these people
Making love
Little babies
They don’t think of?

If it happens
You can chose
But in the end
You both lose

If life to you 
Is so sacred
Who are you 
Stop the hatred

When you admit
It is satirical
Your birth alone
Is a miracle

All the words
In the first years
Are the thoughts
Repeat for years

In all the progress
And development
Who raises you
Is your incumbent 

Who does teach you
Should want more
Than what was handed
From before

A hundred years
A million fools
People are forced
With many rules

What do we know
And what we’re told
But do we speak
And act so bold

That fear rejection
Denies much truth
To every parent
We want proof

When they don’t know
And refuse you
They manufacture
Ignorance too

And so repeating
It continues
Closed minds of leaders
Ignore these clues

The little hearts
That beat in you
Mothers arms
Hold like glue

Fathers fear 
And want obeying
No child of theirs
Shall stop praying

But in the midst
Of broken ordinance
Nothing goes
To accordance

When laws stay put
And do not change
The mind’s exchange

The little babes 
That leave their nest
Arrest the world
With eagerness

Until that time
On that one day
The laws of old
Will kill their way

For who you are
And where you’re from
Will determine
What is done

In this world 
They want authentic
Then ridicule
When you announce it

When you speak truth
It fires with power
And greedy people
Want more each hour

Out of the mouths
Of innocents
Words outlive
From deaths moments

Minor crimes
The one who kills
Is the meaner

Let’s be real
Promote domestic?
I find this rather
Just pathetic

When its unjust
It takes a movement 
So many laws
Need improvement

This is why
It’s happening
When after learning
You don’t do a thing

I question freedom
Look at the rules
Am I but one
Of many fools

That heartbeat
That pumps in you
At some point
You must grow into 

When you were born
You were told too
But as you die
You ask what did you do



Paula Curley
Paula Curley
I am a deep thinker, lover of thoughts, and prolific writer sharing my words. In sharing, I am caring. I am a member of the human race with an appetite to motivate, inspire, empower, and provoke thinking. I am compelled to a vision that we are all here for a reason, life is like a deck of cards... “My cards. My deal. Life is learning the game!” #opism What is OPISM? I have come up with this term as my nickname is Op and they are my own quotes representing a moral doctrine belief system. Thus...Op+ism=Opism. #opism. My professional experience is disbursed across industries from financial services and sales to that of personal and emergency care. As one who has trained and coached, mentored, and taught; it has become a passion within to witness and feel joy in the achievement and success of others that I have been associated with. I am a lifelong learner and have created and facilitated various training materials. It is through such experience that I discovered the power of positive feedback in both professional and personal manners. I am self-disciplined, accountable, determined, humble, loyal, and adaptive; but above all, I value my integrity! I am a decent human being. It is with my greatest pleasure to share with others the power of positive words.

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  1. Being a mother was the greatest gift ever given to me. Although I wish I chose a different father for my blessings, having them made me a better, more self-aware person. They gave me strength and forced me to make uncomfortable changes in my life for their betterment. I’ll forever be grateful for their lives and the way they helped shape me into the person I am today.

    That you for your words. They made me think. They made me cry. And they made me reflect. Such a beautiful way to energize my day.

    • JoAnna, just saw this now… I too feel the same. 2 beautiful daughters… I gave them all I could under my own bad circumstances… I did all my best t make it through… one of the most profound moments to me was that when my 9 year old daughter said to me…” how could you do this.” In reference to our family breaking apart…she saw her daddy removed by the police… I was torn but said to her..” what kind of mother would I be if I stayed in something so wrong….it’s not right to be treated this way…I never want this for you”. Oh it was hard… and the story continues…right into the path of another narcissist waiting…. to fill the void when they were gone…but t(acts another chapter
      Overall… I’m out and free… healing took time… my daughters are grown and I’m so happy to say that what they gave to me was by far the hope and strength I never knew I had.
      Ok I’ll stop there… you got me thinking now too… blubber me.. thank you so much for sharing here JoAnna. We are enough, we matter. We are here together!

  2. Oh, Paula, Very profound and moving. Most urgent question of all “What did you do?” Breaking free of cycles of ancestral traumas and the limiting beliefs that create this traumas. How important to heal and transcend all that may have happen from the moment we were born to this moment right now. Thank you for your powerful, thought-provoking poem. May all people experience freedom, soul liberation, safety, dignity, and deep inner and outer peace as we find our way to the deep connection in our hearts broken opened by grief, loss, and a yearning for fresh, new pathways of being human and compassionate.

    • My gosh Laura, you are amazing and so inspiring. I too hold the hope for love and peace encounters amongst all who suffer…and we all suffer. It’s not to compare but just to share. You are a tremendous strength to draw upon and I am so glad I have found you in this journey.
      We all have our days. Here for you and you for me.. we lift eachother up. Thank you so much Laura! Your presence is one that makes the world a greater place to be. Thank you🙏

    • Larry, Thank you so much. That is a very great complement from you and I’m truly appreciative of your time to read and interact with everyone that you do. I honestly am just going my own pace now so I can truly engage…but the creativity is where I want to stay most… does this make sense?

      Life is this unequivocal morph … it seems so long and forever as a child… and the time is so short in the older years. We turn around and everything is different,,, how did I get here.. what just happened? I lost a lot of living and I’m making up for it.. if it helps another then it was worth it.

      Your words are always so eloquently mastered and grab my attention.
      My reading list is practically all Larry Tyler🙏🙏
      Thank you again for being here!

  3. Hello Bharat..oh wow.. that is a great complement . Thank you so much for reading this .. it was written and I sat on it for 2 weeks… it was that kind of write up … sometimes releasing a piece of work is like giving birth…lol.
    In all seriousness I thank you so much for your time my friend. Very good to see you! 🙏🙏.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. From birth until death, life, rather the meaning of life, so well-explained; your diction is not just superb, but deeply inspirational as well. Thank you so very much, Ms. Paula, for sharing the beautiful, powerful, as well as introspection-forcing words.

    Warm Regards, with A Prayer For ALL

    • You are always welcome, Ms. Paula; what matters the most is that we maintain the same wavelength of productive thought-process, and stay the course of sharing-and-caring!

      Warm Regards, with A Prayer for All