And Shine

Inspired by Reena’s Exploration Challenge #231 & Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt – Smattering

let only a smattering
of what others say penetrate
beneath the protective sheathing
built up over the years
of defining how to live
with yourself

don’t let their insecurities, insensitivities, and disrespect
enter your own “community of madness”
for you have enough on your plate
with you and only you
dive in despite the hurt
bring your light to being

Reblogs – Chris Hall & Rashmi Buragohain

These two pieces clearly show the juxtaposition between a life which is freely chosen and one which is not.

You dance for us too by Chris Hall

We watch you dance in the sunlight 
admiring your graceful fluidity 
your total abandonment 
to your art. 

We watch you dance from our windows 
confined inside, with limbs 
no longer able 
to obey. 

That freedom, which once was ours 
lives on, as we watch 
while you dance 
for us too. 

Barely Ten by Rashmi Buragohain
Featured on Masticadores USA 3/31/22

She was barely ten 
When she had to take 
Those seven steps around the fire 
With weary eyes 

She was barely ten 
When she stepped in that house 
With a toy of a doll 
Clasped in her hands 

She was barely ten 
When her toy was forgotten 
Lying somewhere in a corner 
Covered with dust 

She was barely ten 
When the ladle became her life 
To feed them all, but none to ask, 
«Where is your morsel, dear?» 

Seeing Clearly

the reality of who we are
wrapped in layers of facades
nurtured by culture and family
binds us stoically in place

the lens to our essence
is worn only by the carefully in tune
and compassionate observers
they see us prominently in the opaque

yet fear continues to holds us in check
until the threshold of mediocrity is breached
as exasperation begins to break the hold
of the form of tortuous conformity our bodies inhabit

we set ourselves free, finally…

Reblog – Letting Go… by Jason Muckley

Achieving freedom is a noble aspiration, wouldn’t you agree?

Poems for Warriors

Letting go…
-Letting go of control
-Letting go of “old” feelings
-Letting go of hurt and pain and loss
-Letting go of dreams for the future
-Letting go of the past
-Letting go of my old identity
-Letting go of “justice”
-Letting go of fear

My hands and heart are now free

© 2019 Jason A. Muckley

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Reblog – I want to be free. by Shivani Gupta

I was impressed with how well Shivani articulated what freedom feels like. I’ll venture a guess that many of us have had similar thoughts. Life does put us through the wringer, doesn’t it? 😉

The Eternal Words

I want to be free
from the clutches of this world
so that I could fly freely in the vast sky,
and chase the dreams, I once strangled.

I want to be free
from the cage of my thoughts
so that I can experience peace,
and loosen up the invisible knots.

I want to be free
from the judgements of people
so that I can be unapologetically me,
and make my life gleam and sparkle.

I want to be free
from the slavery of my soul
so that I can fix my broken life,
and make it whole.

I want to be free
from the feelings of my heart
so that I can love myself again,
and also never fall apart.

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And She Decided

photo of woman looking while holding a wooden baton
Photo by JJ Jordan on Pexels.com
defying the norms
experiencing life on my terms
speaking out
in the face
of criticism
     IS
             challenging myself
keeping the promises
made to myself
defining boundaries
setting them in place
standing up
for what's right
      IS
               loving myself
deserving what i need
wanting what i deserve
challenging the status quo
standing against
the patriarchy
defending my honor
       IS
               respecting myself

it’s been a long time coming, baby