f r e e d o m, by Laura Minning

She extends Her arms
embrace me
with kindness and compassion,
but i never thank Her.

She is my mother,
my sister,
my friend.

She allows me to choose
my own path
and make my own mistakes
without passing judgement
upon me.

And how do i repay Her
(for Her benevolence)?
…by taking Her for granted.

For if she ever became wounded
or hurt in any way,
(by resistance or tyranny)
…who would take Her place?

(She has always been there for me
–at my side,
for as long as I can remember
…so who could take Her place?)

No one…
…and I would be lost.

~laura minning
excerpt from “sunburst”
published by xlibris
c. may 2005