Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Open the Door, and the Bats Will Fly Out

We are a family of quirky, open-minded people.
We flee narrowness of vision,
fences, ideologies that confine or prescribe.
We seek open pastures to romp in
(and we want the cows to romp, too,
and not be eaten.
We are equal-opportunity dreamers).

We have among us vegans and raw vegans
and even a raw vegan baby
who attacks her fruits and greens with hilarious gusto.
We have minimalists and the other end of the spectrum,
It's all good.
To each his own.
Just don't hurt the planet, or each other.

We have someone who has gone off plastic 
in a big way
because she knows the harm it has done to our world.
She lives in a tiny house, and is teaching us a lot.
We have people who have escaped from cults.
We know whereof we speak.
We have one who escapes the planet regularly 
in nightly interplanetary travels,
when the fetters of gravity prove too confining.

In other words, we cannot be convinced that
control, rigidity, narrowness and the Thought Police
will do the world any good.
A wall between countries
will never get our votes,
no matter how outlandish the toupee.

Bring on your spacious skies,
inclusiveness, love and peace,
and  kindness-revolution-dreaming.
"A better world is not only possible,
she is on her way.
On a good day, 
I can hear her breathing." *

*quote by Arundhati Roy

for Susan's prompt at Midweek Motif: Openness. I didn't have to look far for inspiration. Meet our family, LOL.


  1. Open-mindedness and harmonious life styles will save the world.

  2. Haha: "A wall between countries
    will never get our votes,
    no matter how fetching the toupee."
    A little joke hidden in a praise poem--what an amazing family to be so open to change and alternatives to custom!

  3. equal-opportunity dreamer... what a beautiful description.. I think it's what everyone should aspire to be!

  4. Today is a goof day! My honor to know you!

  5. Love the love in this one Sherry. and that last quote is perfect,


  6. Love, love, love this poem Sherry :D and gosh that's a lovely family portrait.

    Lots of love,

  7. "no matter how outlandish the toupee." That cracked me up!

  8. Thank you, Sherry, for the Trump dig, it brought a big smile, to my face. Only wish, my day was filled with this warmth and beauty. Will be starting insulin, tonight.

  9. Everything's delightful in this poem... the title and the raw vegan baby and the one who escapes the planet regularly.

    You have a beautiful family, Sherry. :-)


  10. Lovely family...lovely free spirits.

  11. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. The poem, the photo, the spirit, everything. :-)

    Greetings from London.

  12. I just knew we were related! Love this so much. And I keep on grinning at the image of the wee devourer of veggies. :-D

  13. I love that you, we, are equal opportunity dreamers--

  14. Wow! LOVE your family – and especially love your last verse.

  15. We have a big battle ahead for the enemy is control, conform, consume and ask no questions. Hurrah for the bats.

  16. what a delightful celebration of openness ....

  17. And you are all magic! I love 'equal-opportunity dreamers' - no doubt encouraged as each little one grew.. and that is a special gift to pass on xo

  18. The establishment will always fear openness, Sherry. That's why it is so wonderful. Secrets are what keep people in power. Imagine what trump has to hide.

    Lovely poem. :-)

  19. Ha ha....second to last stanza made me smile...about my most despised person. LOL. Love the photo of your family. They definitely seem to be a cool but caring crew!

  20. That was fantastic, Sherry! Great writing.. evoking awareness! love this caring, compassionate, considerate bunch of nature and animal lovers in your family. The pic is beautiful... :)

  21. Love your title and message and love your family photo....and I wanted to tell you I loved your story about your son's wild wolf pup landing on the table....that is so funny! Those are the kinds of things that make wonderful stories later! I can see your family has a wonderful sense of humor! :-))

  22. Lovely post, Sherry...great shot of you all! Add your usual insightful comments and great sense of humour and I know I would easily fit into this quirky group

  23. This is as beautiful as your family, beautiful as you. Everything about it is delightful, including the title.

  24. I admire anyone who can do without plastic. It's nasty stuff, for sure. But what to use instead? Ah, that's the mystery!

  25. What a marvellous family you are, Sherry! How well the world would be if all of our families resembled yours... Lovely poem!


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