If You Love Me… by Marta Merajver-Kurlat

Marta Merajver

IF YOU LOVE ME…

Marta Merajver-Kurlat

If you love me, do not clip my wings. Let me soar high up in the sky of my youth before the twilight dims the sun. Fear not for me. You carried me inside you. Now your sweet voice, a shield against venom-dipped spears, dwells in me.

If you love me, do not lock me in the golden cage of easy comfort. Let me fight my own battles with the weapons you taught me to wield. I cannot promise victory after victory, yet defeat will not take me to my knees.

If you love me, do not ask me to become your double. Do not wish me to succeed where you failed. Celebrate my choices and accept our difference. Take pride in my otherness, for it grew from your lessons and example.

If you love me, do not fret that I will walk the path alone. My eyes are sharp and my steps well guided. Think that on the train of life I will find fellow-travellers. Some will keep me company till they reach their destination; others will sit by me to the end of the way.

If you love me, do not weep when the door closes. Rejoice in my strength, for you spent long years building it. Rivers flow. You were a river once. When you conceived me in your desire for a child, a miracle of nature turned you into a mountain.

River and mountain feed on each other. Trust the bond between them.

Love me.

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56 thoughts on “If You Love Me… by Marta Merajver-Kurlat

  1. Elaine Cougler

    I love this, Marta, for its simple but beautiful language and for the way it strikes a loving and lovely chord in the symphony that is a parent-child relationship. Beautiful. Reading this, I felt a whole new (for me) way to use words and cadences that would not be edited out as they often are in fiction. Thank you for this, Marta.
    And thank you for sending me the link.
    In the same vein Matt Holmes interviewed me on his blog today and I have put a link on my own site. For a further piece of who I am and how I write, come visit. http://www.elainecougler.com

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  2. Elaine Cougler

    I love this, Marta, for its simple but beautiful language and for the way it strikes a loving and lovely chord in the symphony that is a parent-child relationship. Beautiful. Reading this, I felt a whole new (for me) way to use words and cadences that would not be edited out as they often are in fiction. Thank you for this, Marta.
    And thank you for sending me the link.
    In the same vein Matt Holmes interviewed me on his blog today and I have put a link on my own site. For a further piece of who I am and how I write, come visit. www dot elainecougler dot com

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  3. Linnea Larsen

    Oh, Marta, my heart is overcome with emotion. I never doubted you could write poetry and I do believe you won a contest of the one and only other poem you have written. This is moving and, like Marta Love states, full of many truths, wisdom that many mothers would benefit from. I look forward to more of the same. You know how much I love your style and respect your mind.

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    1. Marta Merajver-Kurlat

      Dear Linnea, coming from such a poet as you are, your comment has made a deep impression on me. But at the rate I write something reminiscent of poetry, “more of the same” might come sometime in the next twenty years!

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  4. Scott Hastie

    Hi Marta,

    I so agree with others – such beautifully written sentiments… But wise and deep and knowing too… Reminds somewhat of Kahil Gibran and, trust me, praise doesn’t come much higher than that – in my book at least! Please keep writing and feeling as you do with your generous and creative soul – I will be back looking for more light and insight soon… All the Very Best to you…. Regards Scott

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    1. Marta Merajver-Kurlat

      Scott, I’m overwhelmed at such a reception of my piece by true poets like you, Micki, and Linnea. I deeply appreciate your praise -Khalil Gibran makes me ecstatic. You will find plenty of more light and insight provided by my colleagues in this wonderful collaborative effort. Thank you so much for visiting!

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  5. Patricia Yeager

    Dearest Marta, You know how much I love you and you know I am honest in my comments. This poem is absolutely one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever read. I can relate so well.

    You said poetry isn’t your forte’. I think you missed your calling on this one. you truly are a poet if you can write like this. When I’m in my shell, is when I write my best poetry.

    Take care of you,
    Love, Pat

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    1. Marta Merajver-Kurlat

      Dear sister, I inadvertently omitted your name among the true poets who judged this piece. Let me add it now, you admirable and admired Pat. I still think this isn’t my calling, but it makes me happy that you believe otherwise. The truth is I would never have written this if I hadn’t been committed to produce something original for The Write Room.
      Love you!

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  6. Micki Peluso

    Marta, this is an outstanding poem about learning to let go of our children. It can be both frightening and heartbreaking to send them out like nestlings on their own. But if we did our job well, they ‘ll soar high and come back often. Quite a piece of work for a non-poet!

    Love, Micki

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  7. Don Ford

    Marta,
    Well done my friend. I remember penning a piece styled in this way. I decided to ALSO make it into stanzas with a rhythmic beat to it. As a poem with structure it sounded good, but in its early form, I liked it just as well. Thanks for sharing this warm writing with us.

    Where eagles fly,
    Don (Greywolf) Ford

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  8. Ken Wells

    Marta, my friend and sister, that is just a wonderful poem about the love of a child for her mother. It also speaks of the strength and confidence a mother can instill in her child or children. I LOVE it! But I would expect nothing less from the gifted writer that you are.

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  9. Rosemary "Mamie" Adkins

    Hello Marta, This is quite profound. It spoke to me and it certainly has properties that many will find helpful. Truly a great piece I plan to share with our daughter-it speaks to us both.
    Thanks for sharing.,

    Mamie

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  10. Celia

    I liked it very much! Being a mother of young adults, it’s good to remember the daughter I used to be and my need of freedom to live my own life. Thank you!

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  11. John Hanley

    Marta, this is a most moving and inspirational piece which certainly tugged at my heart strings even though Ironman (AKA Louis, my grandson) was trying to shoot me while I read it much to the amusement of my daughter!

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  12. Susan Scott

    A beautiful piece of poetry prose, Marta, profound in its truth. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. All the previous comments are seconded by me.

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  13. patgarcia

    My Dear Sister,

    If poetry is a reflection of the desire to achieve in a person’s soul; if poetry is the catalyst that causes us to move beyond our 9 to 5 lives and swim out into the deep to discover ourselves, to make our mistakes, to live life purposely, then this poem is a hymnal that encourages us to pick up our feet and move beyond the shallow existence of living to the real essence of what it means to live.

    Your poem strikes chords in my life; chords of freedom and the right to exist, to become all that a person thinks he or she can become.

    It is a poem of substance that carries the challenge that you expressed especially in the stanza below, and I quote it here,

    “If you love me, do not fret that I will walk the path alone. My eyes are sharp and my steps well guided. Think that on the train of life I will find fellow-travellers. Some will keep me company till they reach their destination; others will sit by me to the end of the way.”

    Excellent job Sis. I love you.

    Shalom,
    Patti

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  14. Sharla

    Marta, your words touched my heart! Such poignant words from a daughter to her mother that are both inspiring and uplifting. Your words are indeed pearls of wisdom that need to be shared. . .everywhere!

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    1. Marta Merajver-Kurlat

      Thank you, Cynthia. Perhaps this little piece may help mothers and daughters to understand each other better. It’s easier when one has sons :)
      Still ruled by patriarchal inner laws, we think the world is less dangerous for them.

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  15. Taylor Fulks

    Marta…
    This took my breath away…
    Poignant and beautiful, it struck a cord with me on both sides…as a daughter myself and as a mother to my children. You are a gifted writer my sister! I have shared everywhere…

    Taylor

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  16. Lori Foroozandeh

    Marta,
    What a GREAT piece of work, most mothers do think this way subconsciously even though they wouldn’t want to admit it. You worded some very true thoughts beautifully.

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    1. Marta Merajver-Kurlat

      Thank you, Lori. I very much appreciate your thoughts on this. You’re so right about what we keep to ourselves and the suffering it causes. Perhaps this piece will lend some mothers/daughters words to speak their feelings?

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  17. Jon Magee

    What profound truth you have written here. It is adly so often the case that it is often expected that we have the right to change people to suit our perspective, to chain people to our prison of expectation, yet true love will cast of the chains and set people free, even if we pray that they will use the freedom to discover the best that life has in store.

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  18. Linda Hales

    Dearest Marta
    You’ve so beautifully addressed what is perhaps the most significant deciding factor on how society develops through the family unit. The extent to which we are able to actualize our potential relates greatly to our family dynamic and if we feel enabled. Some will opt to remain within family tradition either because they have that calling or because they feel they must in order to please others. Others will be awarded their wings at an early age to explore their potential and be well on their way to who and what they aspire to be at a very young age. Now, isn’t that a pleasant thought! An enabled child develops courage to take those necessary steps forward in life and will pass that lesson on through the generations. The truly mature person will appreciate the parental need to identify in some positive ways and work to develop that beautiful relationship to its fullest but will have the courage and strength to become who they are meant to be and in the end, will do their parents proud.

    Did I forget to tell you how beautiful and profound your poem is Marta? If you write poetry only occasionally, I can tell you that you have made this one count. Please don’t stop.

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