Roots and Roses
This week on Raising Voices, I am featuring my younger son, Emeril,who wrote this poem several years ago after we were evicted from our house and staying at my ex-Mother in Law’s. Emeril is now a bright and witty 16 year old who has overcome the many obstacles life has thrown our way.
Roots and Roses
We have to move away from our home
It’s like taking a rose away from the garden
You cut the roses stem and take it inside
Taking us away from our home
Is like cutting the rose
You cut it off from its home
You take it away from where it belongs
If a rose could feel a hand holding it
And those garden trimmers cutting it
Then pulling it away
I bet it would cry
So why would someone make a rose cry?
I don’t know
Do you think you would take someone away from their home
Cut them off of their roots
Take them away from where they belong?
I think moving is one of those life events that we (adults) feel everyone flows with. I mean, people move all the time, right? The reality is that moving can be very scary for children especially when there is uncertainty involved. Four years ago I had to make a very difficult decision for my children and myself. I moved us across the country, away from everyone they knew, because of their father.I talked to them throughout the process and beyond, they understood the darkness he cast over all of us and they flourished after the move. Leaving so much darkness allowed them to blossom in ways I didn’t know they could. Have you talked talk with your kids today? Have you really listened to what they have to say? You may be surprised.