February 24, 2015

A Poem for my Right-Brained Girl, Living in a Left-Brained World.


What is the matter, you ask?

The matter is they want to drug my child.

My beautifully artistic, full of wonder child.

The want her to fit into the societal box of linear thinking.

But I’m going to march right in there and tell them how I feel.

I’m going to tell them we keep throwing our children into the meat grinder of industry.
I’m going to tell them that our industry was forged on fear. Fear of our mortality.
I’m going to tell them that industry was sold to us as protection from Nature’s harsh elements.
I’m going to tell them the more removed we are from Nature the less connected we are to understanding the endlessness of our own souls.
I’m going to tell them that we are teaching our children that their only value is in productivity.

This assembly line of learning.

It says the only thing that matters is getting good grades.
It says the only thing that matters is getting into a good college.
It says the only thing that matters is getting a good job so you can buy a fancy car and a big house and beautiful clothes all to protect us from Nature’s harsh elements.

You’re telling my right brained, holistic thinking, made of stardust girl to believe in the endless sea of billboards setting on Sunset Boulevard.

You’re telling her to believe she’ll never be young enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, desirable enough unless she is able to afford the latest alluring fragrance, the current fashion trend, the perfect prevalent sheath that will protect her from the world’s harshest element—


See this Louis Vuitton handbag, it screams, “I am surviving! I am surviving more than you!” But only if you produce.

So go ahead and make more.

Go ahead and consume more.
Go ahead and fill this emptiness where your soul connectedness once was with more stuff.
Go ahead and rape the Earth of Her resources.
Go ahead and destroy Her for all of your wantonness.
Go ahead and kill Her so you never have to remember that the greatest riches come from within.

You tell my darling, day dreaming, butterfly chasing, flower picking girl that the way her brain works is wrong.
You tell her she needs a pill to access her intelligence.
You tell her that she needs to get on board the conveyer belt of thinking in order to succeed in life.
You tell her to forget about all of the wonder and magic and awe she came into this world with.

But, what if you’re wrong.

What if the way her brain works is what the world needs.
What if her brain function is natures evolution of humanity.
What if she is able to see the bigger picture.
What if she is capable of finding radical solutions to difficult problems.

And then again, what if I’m just over identifying with her struggle and imposing my beliefs on her.
What if she needs medicine to help her get her flowers to the market.
What if she has great ideas but can’t get them on paper because she can’t access them.
What if not fitting in with her peers is slowly chipping away at her self esteem.
What if I’m wrong and I’m hurting my child by not giving her the tools she needs in order to succeed in life.

So you ask, what is the matter?

We matter.

We are all made of stardust.



Author: Nicole Cannon

Editor: Emily Bartran

Photo: Author’s Own 

Image: Meredyn/Deviantart

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Joie Sep 14, 2015 11:36pm

My daughter was the same way and I thankfully trusted in her Spirit and let her be.
She is now 25 , successful, articulate, eloquent, talented, brilliant, kind and compassionate, happy, an artist, wise and a beautiful shining Light. I suggest that you look up Crystal Children and stay strong in knowing
that a beautiful child of Source does not need to be medicated to fit into a world that is evolving
into a new paradigm where such nonsense as medicating our children will thankfully be a
sad and barbaric way of the past. Introduce her to art, to yoga and meditation, to music, herbology, essential oils and flower essences, crystals and animals and help her to be able to spend a lot of time in nature, barefoot with her feet on
the ground, connected to Nature. Let her lead the way as her wisdom and Heart are so far beyond the
nonsense of this world. Let her sing her unique song and never doubt the truth of this beautiful creation of Source. Children learn in different ways. Find out what her unique style of learning is ( there are books on the different ways that children learn ) and then honor her in her particular style of learning.
Always be on her side and trust. My daughter did not read till she was 10 and then proceeded to devour
adult level books voraciously. Children's brains develop at different times. They are not to be fit and shoved into mechanical boxes and to be expected to all develop in the same way at the same time. Allow her to be the magnificent individual that she is . Blessings to you.

Kare Sep 14, 2015 3:50pm

The world needs your beautiful daughter, and we need more thoughtful and creative moms like you who ask the power questions, see through the illusions, and work diligently to bring some semblance of peace and light into this world gone a bit mad. Stay the course, trust your strong mama intuition….and, don't let the bastards get you down! You're brilliant 🙂

Tf Jul 30, 2015 2:17am

When your child wants to hurt themselves because they can’t concentrate long enough to do…. Well anything… And they say start losing friends because even other kids can’t deal with there crazy imaginationsnd scattered thoughts and they say to you they just wish there was just a magic pill that could help them…. The you know it’s too late, the damage is done. You needed to act sooner — because all the $thousands $ on tests and occupational therapy and behavior therapy and homeschooling and clean diets etc. Etc.— sometimes just aren’t enough. After exhausting all outlets including yourself and your sanity wondering if maybe you could have been better or more diligent at good prep or exercises etc. You have to give yourself a breakand just know that you did everything to you best ability, but the truth is…. They need the medicine.- then after they cry the very first time they take it— cry tears of joy and sadness– joy because they can’t believe how much better they feel and sadness because they say ,” you mean this is how everyone else feels all the time? And I could have felt this way my whole life if I had just taken the medicine sooner?”–/ then that is when you also cry– out of happiness that they are happy and from sadness questioning whether you should have given in sooner and just tried it.- but thought fresh air clean food , vitamins and exercise could be the answer to everything—well sometimes it’s just not. And you can’t beat yourself up. We are moms– we love them and do for them the best we can.

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Nicole Cannon

Nicole Cannon is the mother of two wonderful girls, actress, writer, spiritual seeker, lover of nature, meditator and undercover yogi. Student of life, she has traveled to India and Tibet seeking to understand the infinite that lies within. She believes if we’re not growing we’re dying and the greatest gift in life is to turn one’s painful experiences into healing opportunities so that they may pave an evolutionary path to a higher consciousness.

Nicole is currently working on her second screenplay and developing the Web series “ADULTHOOD”. You can find her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.