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16Aug

For My Little Girl: You’re Not The Daughter of A Lesser God

 

Woke up this morning

Wondering about you and your place in life

I thought about your heart

And felt your pain

The one you will feel when words come at you

At a speed so fast, hit you unawares

And leave you reeling for you did not see them coming


Words, the kind that comes off a boxer’s gloves and jibes at your whole being

Words, the kind that make you quake

And question everything you believe in

Words, the kind that leave salty tears which sting in your eyes

A bile taste in your mouth

A pang of pain in your belly

And a knot of anger in your heart

Words, the ones you wish those you trust and once trusted didn’t say

While you hope that you never say them to others


Words, words, words

A mere set of 26 letters

So, powerful they make or break

Words, words, words

Full of ironies

Callous enough to break a heart

Arrogant enough to end a friendship

Thoughtless enough to cause irreparable damage


Words, words, words

A mere set of 26 letters

So powerful, they make or break

Soothing, they can heal a fractured spirit

Promising, they end wars

Sweet, they make you fall in love

Melodic, they become the sound bites of your experiences

The soundtrack of your life’s story

The strings of your life’s journey

Connecting one end to a new beginning


Words, words, words

They travel far and wide

With great velocity

And potent vigour to infect the

Inner recesses of your entire being


So, I thought about your heart

And its strength to deal with the words

That will come your way

As you journey through life

And I wanted to say…


Don’t ever let anyone tell you they will speak

To you as an act of favour and you let them

Don’t ever allow anyone tell you they will be your friend

As an act of favour and you let them

Don’t ever give anyone the permission

To devalue you in words or actions

Don’t ever permit anyone with

A haughty attitude or look into your space


Don’t ever accept the notion that you are less

Because you have not

Don’t ever commission anyone with the task of

Building and adding value to you with their words

For they could one day change their mind

Leaving you high and dry


Don’t ever allow any group of people or persons

Make you believe they are doing you

A favour by letting you hang out with them

Or become part of their group

Don’t ever create the room for those

Around you to speak words that will take months

Or years to heal into your life

Don’t ever position yourself to be spoken

To with contempt or disdain

Don’t ever position yourself

To be berated or belittled with words


And if life’s unpredictable waves brings any of this your way

Don’t cower in shame or self pity

You must learn to reposition yourself and

Create a new rhythm for your heart

And soundtrack for your life

Above all, you must learn the power of your words

And speak accordingly to yourself and those around you

Speak the words, you want spoken to you

Life is a stage and you have your role

No, you cannot relinquish your part to anyone

It is yours to play to the best of your ability


In life we need people

But don’t ever let your need and desire

For anyone’s love or approval override your self-worth and value


Again, I say…

Don’t ever let anyone tell you

They will speak to you as an act of favour

And you let them

Don’t ever let anyone tell you

They will be your friend as an act of favour

And you let them

Or didn’t I tell you that you are so bad to the bone

You can do bad all by yourself


Again I say…

Don’t ever allow anyone tell you

They will be your friend as an act of favour

And you let them

Don’t ever give anyone the platform and audience

To tell you they will speak to you

As an act of favour and you let them

For you are not to be pitied

Nor are you the daughter of as lesser God


(C) Belinda Otas

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26 Responses to “For My Little Girl: You’re Not The Daughter of A Lesser God”

  1. Jaycee (E.A) says:

    Too beautiful for an adequate response, especially the line, “Nor are you the daughter of a lesser God.” What inspired you to write this?

  2. Belinda Otas says:

    Thanks Jaycee. Hope you are good. Had a painful experience but I refused to admit that it hurt and then this morning, while tearful about it, catharsis set in and I had to think outside my body and self, and imagine telling my own daughter about the power of words in shaping lives and relationships…That was the inspiration sweetie…xxx

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  4. Ogochukwu says:

    This is so beautiful, Belinda.

    Indeed there’s no adequate response….right now, i’m your little girl 🙂 cos these powerful words have reached deep into my soul.

    Thanks for sharing…

  5. Belinda Otas says:

    Awww, Ogo, don’t make me cry na! Thanks hun xxx

  6. Nice reading this Belinda. The Last verse reminds me of one of my blogpost – Seek help not pity. I love that part…

    “For you are not to be pitied

    Nor are you the daughter of as lesser God”

    God bless you for sharing.

    – LDP

  7. Belinda Otas says:

    @ Le Dynamique Professeur, thanks for your comment.

  8. chioma says:

    Definitely reading this to my daughter when she’s old enough. I hope you don’t mind, Mz B?

  9. Belinda Otas says:

    @ Chioma, that’s cool. Enjoy reading x

  10. Tricia says:

    ‘for your are not a daughter of a lesser God’
    That really stood out for me, had a deeper meaning, thanks for sharing.

  11. Belinda Otas says:

    @ Tricia, thanks for your comment and good to know it had a deeper meaning for you.

  12. 'Lara says:

    Beautiful and really thought-provoking…Thank you for this

  13. Belinda Otas says:

    @ Lahrah, thank you for reading and your comment

  14. precious says:

    ok, i have been trying to teach my daughter about self-worth and self-esteem, trying to hard to coin my words so she can understand but girl this is it……my assignment for this weekend. Thank you so much

  15. Belinda Otas says:

    @ Precious, you are welcome. I am honoured to read this gives you something to work with…xxx

  16. Debrah says:

    If I don’t remember anything, I will always remember that am not the daughter of a lesser God and so, I will never let words bring me down. Very heartfelt, Belinda.

  17. Debrah says:

    If I don’t remember anything, I will always remember that am not the daughter of a lesser God and so, I will never let words bring me down. Very heartfelt! Belinda.

  18. Lara Daniels says:

    I accidentally stumbled on this piece and I have no words to describe how I feel after reading. Tears just ran down my heart as I read it, especially the last verse. What can I say: God bless you Belinda.

  19. Belinda Otas says:

    Awww, thanks Lara, it wad not my aim to get you to tears but glad it did 🙂 mission accomplished, a heart touched by my words.

  20. […] For My Little Girl: You’re Not The Daughter of A Lesser God. […]

  21. […] This poem touched me in ways that I can’t even describe. And I wanted to share it with the hope that it would encourage women (and men) to understand not to allow people to walk over them …because you are not children of a lesser God, but of a Mighty God who loves us very very much. I am sharing the last verse…The full poem can be found HERE […]

  22. I came here from Lara Daniels’ blog. Wow! This is deeply provocative. This poem confirms itself – the potency of words. I could not agree more – don’t we live in a word-created and word-ruled universe? You have succeeded in crafting some words that are timeless, in this poem. Those words, “for you are not the daughter of a lesser God” need to be meditated on like any truth because they are truly inspired. Thank you for being inspired. This needs to be shared far and wide.

  23. Chidi ugbe says:

    Thank you for this beautiful Gift.. I am not the son of a lesser God.

  24. Belinda Otas says:

    You are welcome and thanks for reading. Glad you found it relevant.

  25. Fadumo Hashi says:

    sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me—-they do hurt, and carve many a painful scar. Thanks for reminding us that we are not our pain, and that our hearts contain the “strength to deal with the words”. Gorgeous words sister, stay inspired.

  26. Belinda Otas says:

    Thanks for reading Fadumo and contributing your thoughts. Stay inspired.

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