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Long to Belong

Lately the day is long and the night’s moon

Brightens the darkness like a loon.

It reminds me of the times I change my tune

So that friends and family stay with me, in tune,

With my needs for their support, strength, love.

The harmony within is all our closest entourage

Request of us if they truly believe in our being

Just who we are, unapologetic for our strengths

And weaknesses, hoping that both are accepted.

Even if you’re not peer friendly, who cares

As long as your symphony within and without

Portrays who you really are in a bout

That you win as your strength can accept

Either failure or criticism and move forward

To improve upon who you are with your resilience.

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Who Are We?

How do you conceal who you are? How many facets do you portray?

Do you change the way you dress daily?

Do you alter your hair and eye color? Do you vary your tone, whisper, cry, or shout?

Do you add make up to accent different parts of you?

Are you an award winning actor playing a role?

Which part of you are you most protective of?

The real you or the ones you show off?

I’ve said before, but I will say it again: The crux of who you are is hidden for few to view

And bask in your cheer, hope and self-esteem.

Of all the masks you’ve worn over time,

Which do you want to be ‘you’?

Is your identity a bricolage of family, friends, colleague,

Ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural ‘norms’?

What happens to the mask when the identity shatters?

Do you also fall apart, lose control, and spin like a top,

Unknowing what your next mask will represent?

It seems to me, after much consideration, experience

That who you are is reflected in your eyes,

Where your soul reaches out to impose its wisdoms,

In order for self satisfaction and acceptance to

Coexist in harmony with your favorite mask!

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Leaden Heart

With fall comes a boisterous ball

Filled with wild colors, flaming reds that stall

Time and create a feeling that’s heavy in the head.

Worries abound: pandemic, school, health,..

Where to start or stop with the heaviness

That steals your breath?

Money, money, money, materialize and grow in the yard.

Grow into a thick trunked tree and seed me your harvest.

Don’t die out in winter and stop your perpetual

Rejuvenation of yourself, my family, and mine.

Without your harvest my heavy head turns to lead,

My heart turns to steely stone,

And my motivation dies a silent screaming death.

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VANITY!

Trends, trends, trends, ….

What’s fashionable tells the story of who you are,

While your actions are relegated to a back burner,

That villifies your values and highlights your looks.

Artifice and vanity are like slack water

They stagnate the individual’s personality for

It remains mired in what people want you to be

Your own unique brand that flows against the trend.

Not what you should be, nor how to develop

Rebel against being brainwashed into looking ‘right’ To ‘fit in’ .

Stand tall. Create waves, tsunamis

For change and differences rather than being a copy!

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Life’s Escape

The indomitable spirit of creativity rises into the mist to freeze;

Statue like, afraid to step out of bounds and create waves.

Upheavals are the bane and blood of lives decimated by the breese

That brings about change, destroying the habit that flays,

Suppresses, and binds your imagination in boxes and trays.

Unfurl the wisps of ingenuity, let them skyrocket

Into a plane of your creation, where equality, being just,

Open minded, and a visionary that’s avant-gardist;

Help lift your spirit into an escape that is not destitute

In its vibrancy, brilliancy of color, mood, race, and emotive

In its design, constructing your humanity in its skeleton,

Building its bones and structure with strength of emotion

That flutters its purpose and sinks into your sedidentary heart.

Reviving its passionate will that bombards your seclusion

With friendship, family, fascination, and a frenzy for life.

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Hunger to Survive

The lion lays quietly atop an overhanging hill.

He waits, watches in the vain fervor that his prey

Will come to him in deadly night like a diet pill

That will stop his hunger and permit his teeth to stay

Sharp, glistening white, creating a shiver of fear

Of their ferocity and ability to tear apart an arm,

Or important extremities that flash their spear

Of speed trying to outrun the King.

The atmosphere of fear is so authentic

That i can feel the lion’s eyes shifting silently,

Watching guardedly, waiting patiently to pounce happily

On his unsuspecting prey.

His jaws are cave like

In their imposing strength and bite force.

Never fear the lion, for you know he attacks

To survive not for pleasure.

Fear those who appear like sheep, but are

More serpent or fox, for their poisons

Attack the soul and destroy lives as if doing a favor.

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Life’s Escape

The indomitable spirit of creativity rises into the mist to freeze;

Statue like, afraid to step out of bounds and create waves.

Upheavals are the bane and blood of lives decimated by the breese

That brings about change, destroying the habit that flays,

Suppresses, and binds your imagination in boxes and trays.

Unfurl the wisps of ingenuity, let them skyrocket

Into a plane of your creation, where equality, being just,

Open minded, and a visionary that’s avant-gardist;

Help lift your spirit into an escape that is not destitute

In its vibrancy, brilliancy of color, mood, race, and emotive

In its design, constructing your humanity in its skeleton,

Building its bones and structure with strength of emotion

That flutters its purpose and sinks into your sedidentary heart.

Reviving its passionate will that bombards your seclusion

With friendship, family, fascination, and a frenzy for life.

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Illusion of Trust

Illusion of Trust I’m Glutton for punishment

I’ve trusted before, and there was such disappointment.

I will trust again and recall its simplicity,

Knowing its extreme complexity,

And the consequences of another violation:

Distress, disillusionment, broken, not bones

Rather the serene heart, naive and doting,

That tries to compensate for the disconsolating

Desire to reject the atrocities visited upon me

Playing the role of one who accepts, but the wound

Festers, thrives in hate rather than acceptance,

Decimating your certitude in yourself and your mask.

The disguise you wear to play a variety of roles

That society imposes, from child, to friend,

To colleague, to competitor, to family, to enemy.

Few, so few, actually know and accept you,

That there are times when you feel that your life is a play.

A Shakesperean tragedy that ends with heartache.

What then, I ask? Trust, shattered!

What is annihilated in seconds, minutes, hours,

Takes years to rebuild, cement, and strengthen.

Never lose hope in trusting others,

For then they win the fray, leaving you fragmented.

Show them, through your play, that hope is endless,

Trust is for the courageous,

Optimism is for those willing to put in a fight,

And faith in yourself constructs your theater

In which your own rules fly!

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Unfold

Life has many folds, twists, turns, and abysses,

We try to unfold and straighten the creases,

But it’s a delicate job, even hazardous, as The folds are hidden and need to become clear,

Straight, and easily seen, analyzed, and far

From misunderstandings and misgivings.

Is it a thing to need unfolding?

The simple answer is: ‘Yes, it absolutely needs doing!’

In this world, where there so many possibilities

For problems to unfurl, it is imperative to realize

That clarity in speech and actions aren’t always

Perceived as they are, but rather given a political,

Even social agitprops that have tendencies

To insite people into violent and intolerant behavioral

Activities, that help increase gaslighting’s imposing

Ideologies. They incur great wrath, aggressing

Against others’ rights, stripping them of dignity,

Pride, selfworth, even their humanity.

As humans, we need to untangle our ingrained

Stereotypes by humanizing each other, and accept

The difference the same way we accept

That siblings differ, though they come from

The same set of parents, gene pool, and environment.

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Always Been!!

Change, chaos, challenge, charm, chimp!

As I have always needed stability and certitude,

Life has thrown me many curve balls, making me limp

With the heavy burdens of life’s fortitude.

As I have always been a shy introvert, Life’s changes required me to get out of my comfort

Zone. I became a teacher, when that demanded

Being an extrovert, connecting wholly with my student.

As I have always been dirrect and honest,

It has given me trouble at home as well as at work.

I stood by my values, added some valuable insight

For my entourage and myself.

Learing from others

Is a necessity if you want to avoid falling into trouble.

It’s not demeaning to know you can grow and change,

Even if that means relying on others for help.

Being an introvert means, for me, that being among people

Is difficult, and commands all of my intellect

To be able to follow all the required social cues

And demands for certain behavior, responses,

Even patterns of speech. Implying great concentration

That taxes me emotionally as well as intellectually.

At times i feel like a chimp that is a horrendously

Mischievous creature that becomes nasty when

Imposed upon to be social while needing solitude..