Go Unharmed

03 Jan

To: Abe, Dylan, Jesse, & Emma-Rose

Re: 2016 Happy Birthdays


It is always difficult for me to celebrate any of my children’s birthdays

Without thinking of all of them as a new year begins.

Go Unharmed



Acceptance, and

Decisions made in justice

Will have no remorse.


 (Regardless of the adversary

Who, is wounded in truth,

That is slain without soul,

Bleeding in falsehood),


Continue to breathe the fresh air!


The invisible sword

Of all these things:




And decisions measured without harm

In justice.


Pass silently to the other shore

Of peace and joy;

Destined to be passed on

To your heirs.


You have been taught well

Go unharmed.


Posted by on January 3, 2016 in Children, Love


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24 responses to “Go Unharmed

  1. M

    January 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    wise ~


  2. frederick anderson

    January 7, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Patience speaks in every word. If you only taught them wisdom you taught them well. A fine, considered poem.


  3. Jae Rose

    January 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    We could all learn from that mantra..if only we listened..a wise and thoughtful poem 🙂


  4. humbird

    January 4, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Wisdom and love only parents can give to their children! Happy New Year!


  5. Kerry O'Connor

    January 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    It is hard to reach this level of patience but definitely is something to strive for.


  6. dsnake1

    January 4, 2016 at 7:05 am

    You have taught them well.
    Best wishes for the New Year, my friend!


  7. Locomente

    January 4, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Well said 🙂


  8. Sumana Roy

    January 4, 2016 at 2:33 am

    what more could a child want than such heartfelt blessings of a father….deeply touching…happy new year ZQ 🙂


  9. OT

    January 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    For some reason I read that first part as
    Will have no remorse.” and found it a rather potent truth. Not as intended perhaps, but compelling nonetheless. Go unharmed indeed


  10. totomai

    January 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Continue to breathe the fresh air is one the best advice I have ever read.

    Happy New Year, ZQ


  11. Sherry Marr

    January 3, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Happy new year, my friend. This poem goes straight to my heart. “Go unharmed”, a loving prayer to your children. I have just had the wonderful experience of being with almost all of my kids during the holidays, the missing one Skyped……….and it did my heart so much good! I absolutely adore this beautiful poem.


  12. James Toma (Jamztoma)

    January 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    5 fingers up! 5 stars for an uplifting piece to start off 2016 with a bang! Good write!


  13. Bodhirose

    January 3, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    A lovely wish for your children’s safety. I think all of us parents want our children to go unharmed into the world. No matter how old they get, we just want their wellbeing.


  14. Paul Andrew Russell

    January 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Lovely words to pass on to your heirs. All we can wish for is that they do ‘go unharmed’ and treat others with the same ethos. Nice writing.


  15. Myrna

    January 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    What a lovely wish. i like the idea that our good thoughts and behaviors will pass on to our kids. Nice.


  16. slàRueb

    January 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Well wishes to all so they may go unharmed from shore to shore and find peace. Nice!


  17. Truedessa

    January 3, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    This made me think of a child moving out, perhaps on his/her own journey to work or college. They were taught well and now can protect themselves in the grown up world. Just my thoughts.


  18. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    January 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    A great wish from a parent to a child


  19. Mary

    January 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Very deeply meditative. Happy New Year, ZQ.


  20. Nataša Dolenc

    January 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    very well put 🙂


  21. Donna@Living From Happiness

    January 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Beautiful words of wisdom passed on as they will pass them on!


  22. Magaly Guerrero

    January 3, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I can’t think of a best wish a parent can have for a child. To “go unharmed” and to be given the tools to get there… just precious.


  23. Sanaa Rizvi

    January 3, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Such an insightful new poem 🙂


  24. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)

    January 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Such an insightful poem 🙂



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