Love Liberates (after Maya Angelou)

Love Liberates (after Maya Angelou)

if you need permission to go i set you free
i’m sorry it took me years to do it with glee
i’m sorry i didn’t dare to do it sooner
i’m sorry for losing you i couldn’t bear.

i am grateful for your love all through these years
i am grateful for the many chances and many tears
i am grateful for all the times you let me be
i am grateful for the moments you stayed with me.

i love you even if you are near or far
i love you even if you live elsewhere
i love you even if i don’t see you around
i love you even if i don’t hear your sound

i would love to have your arms around me
i would love to have your smile to see
i would love to have your hug to hold
i would love to have your hand to hold

but that is not possible for now
so if you need permission to go
i set you free, i let you go
you deserve it from me

some people need permission to go
and i did not give that to you
it took me decades to let you go
and now, it’s time for you to go

love liberates
and i liberate you
from my love.

P. S.

Maya Angelou has always been my favorite American poet and civil rights activist. Maya Angelou speaks about the power of love to liberate the human spirit. She speaks of how her mother’s love liberated her to become her fullest self and how Maya’s love liberated her mother at the end of her mother’s life.

And when i saw Sadje’s photo prompt today, i was reminded of my Papa. the boat is and has always been symbolic of the fact that i have had separation “problems” with my father ever since i was a kid. i hate to see him leave for long days of work. why the boat? because i grew up spending my summer vacations in Boracay with the rest of my siblings and my father. and the boat is the only means of transportation to go and leave the island. and at the end of our summer vacation, i could not even bear the idea of looking at the boat because it will signify us leaving the island.

when my father died years ago, i was devastated (i was already an adult when he died) for one, i didn’t get to see him before he died. and years after i still feel like a am still holding on to him. there are days when i had to blame him for not waiting for me. there are days when i wanted him so bad because i am in such a big mess.

and though, i grew up so sheltered my papa never doubted, that i could one day become a strong and independent woman. he never doubted my skills, my talents, and my dreams. his love made me the woman that i am now. his love liberated me from the traditional “papa’s girl” notion; that when you are one, you won’t be able to do things on your own.

it has been over a decade now since he passed away, and as father’s day is now approaching it is just fitting to honor him and his love and to finally let him go. liberate him; from me questioning why he didn’t give me the chance to at least say my final goodbye to him.

Happy Father’s Day Papa, i promise from now on i will be writing poems about you only to celebrate your love for me.

for Sadje’s WDYS
https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2022/06/13/what-do-you-see-138/

38 Comments

  1. A beautiful and heartfelt tribute, Mich. πŸŒ·πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Maria..❀

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      1. You’re welcome 😊

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  2. kittysverses says:

    Wow!!! This is so very beautiful, Mich. The back story is heart touching. πŸ™‚

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, thank you so much Kitty..β€πŸ™

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Mich. πŸ™‚

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  3. Sadje says:

    This is a beautiful poem Mich and your post was even more so. There comes a time when we liberate ourselves and our loved ones through our lives. Such a touching post. Thanks a lot for joining in

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Sadje for this photo prompt.β€πŸ™

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome my friend

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  4. Beautiful poem Mich. Such heartfelt love pouring out through your post for your dad. I am sure he’ll be proud of you today, from up there. ❀️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so so much Radhika..β€πŸ™

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  5. A beautifully written piece with a touching footnote.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Keith..β€πŸ™

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  6. mrswrangler says:

    I have not celebrated Father’s Day for many years. The 25th it is 18 years for me. It still hurts.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, i know how it feels..and yes it still hurts too.

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  7. ivor20 says:

    I have set adrift … I await the next tidal shift

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw,…πŸ˜”πŸ™β€sending you love and prayers Ivor.

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      1. ivor20 says:

        Thank you Mich …

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  8. What a wondeful tribute to your fathr. How blessed you were to have a father who was present in your life and whose love you never doubted. That is my wish for every child.

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    1. michnavs says:

      at you so mucπŸ™h..yes, indeed i am so blessed.❀

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  9. Chris Hall says:

    Lovely post, Mich. Your father would have been so proud of you. πŸ€—

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    1. michnavs says:

      Rhank you so much Chris..β€πŸ™

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  10. What a beautiful heart-touching loving tribute to your father! I know you miss him greatly!
    I miss my daddy, too.
    I know he is proud of you! I know he would want you to keep living a life of love and laughter. πŸ™‚
    We can make Father’s Day a time of gratitude and joy! A day to be thankful for all the good fathers of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS)))
    ❀️ ❀️ ❀️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Carolyn..❀❀❀

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  11. murisopsis says:

    “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” – Jess Lair It seems a universal truth!

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    1. michnavs says:

      So true..thank you Val for sharing this..❀

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  12. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Thank you for sharing a beautiful and loving tribute.

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you so much …

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  13. A wonderful tribute to your father, Mich. Maya was awesome and such a wonderful human being.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so.much Kamal.

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      1. Always welcome Mich ❀️

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  14. a beautiful liberation in your prompt and message to your Dad Mich!πŸ’–

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, thank you so much Cindy..

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  15. judeitakali says:

    Incredibly powerful, beautiful, and captivating poetry, Mich.🀩

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Jude..πŸ™β€

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      1. judeitakali says:

        My pleasure

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