Free from Misconceptions #poetry


walk on the beach

would this make me perfect in your eyes

conforming to your image of a box?

though I’m more round than square

I admit for years I tried

I go about altering the way I am

once I’ve changed

there will be a wizard

who wants me to change back again

intelligence isn’t in season

creativity so blase

inarticulate all the rage

through I cannot see the reason

alas I must accept who is me

look you square in the eye

is it the rise of dawn that you see

or just empty shackles???

Today the prompt at Poets United is Acceptance – do you accept yourself as the wonderful person you are???

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32 thoughts on “Free from Misconceptions #poetry

  1. Though I commented on the poem you shared last week at Midweek Motif and also the poem you shared in Poetry Pantry, you did not return visits to me. I (and others) appreciate visits as much as you do. Hope this week I will see that you are making the rounds.

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  2. I think that ultimately we have to be who we are. If we go around changing ourselves to fit what everyone needs we live a life definitely in the shackles of others expectations. The greatest freedom we can give anyone, and even ourselves, it to be ourselves.

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  3. Oh yes,I can relate to this! My own journey of attempting self acceptance began by borrowing the eyes of others to look at me, until I started to turn things around and began looking at myself from the inside instead… Great lines!

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  4. ‘is it the rise of dawn that you see or just empty shackles’, loved these lines!! When we try to conform to one, there’s always another around the bend. Best to be ourselves and let the conformists deal with it!! Great writing 🙂

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  5. I think to lead a happy and healthy life one would be advised to be the best person they can be.
    Everyone needs work. There is far too much narcissism encouraged in our society . Oh and incidentally …thankfully I and others have never been so narcissistic and arrogant to expect a comment from anyone simply because I or we have given one. My ego does not need that kind of bolstering.
    Hope things improve in your personal life. It is often in times of crisis that one needs to write poetry and receive a few words of encouragement rather than admonishments from misery merchants.. Take care !

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  6. The valuable qualities of individualism are certainly not celebrated enough in this world – but stay round and true – the people that matter appreciate that!

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  7. Each person can only be who they are…square or round, we can’t try to fit into another person’s ideal of who we will be. Continue to embrace just who YOU are & celebrate that!

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  8. Love your poem. I find with aging, self-acceptance occurs more easily, naturally, wisely. I no longer strive to live up to another’s vision of me.

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