the slickness of my tongue in youth
divulged my immaturity
when speaking untruths to get my way
at the liquor store
with a fake id
batting eyelashes for rum
with drama-filled explanations
of why homework wasn’t turned in
the walls cringing with angst
from screams between generations
braggadocious and vain
impressing the girls and boys for attention
as a fledgling human
i excelled in drama
yet aging now prefers that the lies come to an end
Awaken in you the love for yourself.
Rise up even more in the feelings of empathy and compassion.
Channel that goodness outwards.
Free others to feel the same in their skin.
Lift them up to greater heights.
Incite others to follow a path of love.
Your beauty will continue to become more elaborate but distinct.
Change the world until it becomes more inhabitable.
Originally posted on 7/29/2018 on I Write Her.
if only getting to the other side
was as easy as stepping over the jagged rocks
into a picture frame of natural perfection
happiness and grace seem utterly within reach
fostering desires of leaving behind what’s pulling us back
with concerted efforts we move ourselves forward to a better place
while our surroundings may be deceiving us
intention towards fulfillment is not
being travellers towards our destiny brings the fortune we are deserving of
how does one define them
those healthy boundaries
those necessary limitations
fucks us up
but is required
for health and sanity
we need limits
that keep us sane
but is that what we are reaching for?
I commented that this piece captures the feeling that we are limited at times even when we have great aspirations. Byung matched her beautiful words with a most appropriate image. Enjoy!
Four hundred years old Angel Oak in Charleston Carolina.
Photo by Nick Della Volpe–email@example.com
Even the Old Oak
to be the vein
of the sky
©Byung A. Fallgren
leaving mother’s milk behind
i cling to this life with determination
boldly seeking the right directions to take
while some moments require reflection
other times swift and decisive actions
i trust in the wisdom graciously shared
and my savvy rightfully gained
it leads me to side-step making poor decisions
those which would leave me flailing and without support
i am confident and fortunate
moving forward with staunch efforts
to achieve progress and healing
so that only love resides within me
until late into the early morning
fixating on the plights and victories of the past
rolling sceneries over and over in my head
savoring what went right
and things swerving wrong
overcome with the feels of discovering truths
not evident in those moments
the efforts in times of my silly, ignorant youth
unfold before me as i ascertain what escaped me before
the truth of who i am is discovered
i ask myself bigger questions
as i near my end
trying to predict what will remain into eternity
will i leave a legacy of uniqueness
perhaps inciting social awareness
or just gracing this world with beauty
my hope is positive contributions linger on
being touchstones for future greats
through impact, influence, and inspiration
for i know my aspiration
shaping dysfunction into being unimpaired
has to mean something
a path unchartered
multitude of outcomes
choose your time wisely