She had to cut off family,
simply to keep her sanity.
They judged her hard, but that’s okay,
they could not understand her ways.

She tried her best to just fit in,
but felt that she could never win.
When she belonged, they made it wrong,
and felt these actions made them strong.

She had to cut off family,
to spare herself from agony.
She used to think they were complete,
until their hearts turned to concrete.

She thought reunions were quite nice,
they came to visit once or twice.
Soon came to see, it was intrigue,
that brought them there, carrying deceit.

She had to cut off family,
to make her life skip happily.
Forming her own, built a new home,
real love that was not made of foam.

She learned to decipher their clues,
to teach her kids how to be true.
Show them to try, no hidden lies,
so they could love from deep inside.

She had to cut off fantasy
to make room for reality.
A peaceful life, a new design
with a full love that feels divine.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

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  1. You are an excellent poetic storyteller, dear Grace. Enjoyed reading this, my friend. That final line ties everything together ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค

  2. I can relate to this so much. It gave me chills a little bit. I have created a wonderful life for my kids because of all the things I didn’t receive, like stability and safety.

      1. Wow Grace! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ This is a really thought provoking & powerful read! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“– You cut through the “fantasy” of the ideal family literally reminding us of what some folk have to do in order to protect their sanity. This is brilliant! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  3. Sadly, I know just how this feels. But at the end of the day, we must do what it takes to protect ourselves and ensure our physical and mental health. My family has been sundered, but it’s possible to choose others who will love and care for us to be our “family.”. Your poetry always carries the weight of wisdom, my friend, and this poem is a beauty. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This is practically and devinely beautiful dear Grace, you are such a beauty with talent and brilliant brain. You are truely a wealth pot of knowledge as I always say. It’s moving marvelously, applause once again dearโฃ

  5. Oh boy Grace does this one speak to me ad is a reflection of my own experience with my family. By moving beyond toxicity, I have become my true self. Self acceptance and love is a priceless giftโค๏ธ

    1. I liked it Grace! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒนI am seriously thinking of cutting ties or habits that I accommodted as families.

      1. It took me 43 years. Now I’m closest to my siblings. They are my only family. It’s brought all 4 of us much closer and has created immense healing. I’m a proud cycle breaker. Many blessings, love and empowered strength to you my friend โค๏ธ

  6. I have identified with so much of what you write, but this one hits so strongly. I feel this hard. Thank you for sharing this. I’m sure it was hard to write, but also cathartic. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š

  7. Gorgeous words and a very poignant poem, Grace. This one really touched my heart. If it is something that has happened in your life, I’m glad you found a happier place to be. If it’s a story, it was brilliant, too, as it made me feel emotional, and I was happy to read the ending, especially that last stanza. Excellent writing, my friend. Xx ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•

  8. Really well done Grace and love the permission you give here because sometimes it’s so essential. I truly know this well and while it breaks me in two at times, I am nothing without my boundaries with family! ๐Ÿ’—

      1. You’re so welcome Grace! Hard school knock lessons have made me wise but my heart is bigger than my boundaries at times.. so back to the drawing board.. xo ๐Ÿ™ƒ but we keep going until we get it right! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  9. So eloquently done, Grace! Tough subject, and such a necessary thing unfortunately for some. Love how the cycle is broken for the next generation ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

  10. I had to scroll a long way down to leave a comment, but I donโ€™t care it was worth it. I loved the storytelling tone and the meter was on point. Great work!!!!

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