Generational Lessons by Maria Tariq

I am here

to listen.

Nourish me.

How can I record

the soft edges

of your nouns,

the lilt of your


Your footfalls, never

heavy, stirred the air

to hold our words,

kept our language

safe. Let me rise,

knowing you’ll hear

my fixed up

say-so, let us go

make sure the trees

are breathing

let me walk with you


Short Bio: Maria Tariq is a non-profit professional, passionate about human rights, writing, and literature. She expresses these loves on her various blogs and tweets @mtaq.

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