Jia-Li Yang (Cassa Bassa)

Wisdom

Older and wiser
Acting more silly

Unintended Strategy

She’s always his unrequited. 
That’s how she won him over.

Love

I love you most
When you say very little
And do what’s needed      
To keep me smiling

Cracked

I drink too much
Because I cannot bear
To see my sober self
In the mirror
It reminds me of
Every bit of 
what’s wrong with me
The day you left

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Jia-Li Yang (Cassa Bassa) works with disadvantaged people. She is constantly inspired by their resilience and strength. Her work has been published in the Australian Poetry Journal; The Poets Symphony, Creation and the Cosmos published by Raw Earth Ink.; Heart Beats published by Prolific Pulse. Her blog https://flickerofthoughts.com This is Yang’s first feature on The Short of It.

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On Poetry

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Inspired by Eugenia’s Weekly Prompt – Surreal & Reena’s Exploration Challenge #225

my muse leads me down a magical path
into a land of the surreal
yet laced within reality

thoughts of wisdom emerge
intertwined in the insanity
a balance of this and that

finding meaning in words
gives us precious guidance
poetry is insight given and paths taken

On Influence

just being human
gives you the power
an ability, albeit unconsciously
are you even aware of this gift

influence affects you and others
see great characters emerging
personal development impacted
behaviors redirected maybe

it shapes policies
hoping attitudes will improve
for gained greatness within
with viewpoints in check

swaying lives that hang in the balance
hoping poor habits can change
their evolution impacted positively
helping find a way towards more caring

without us even knowing, not always for good
tread carefully with this power
who, why, how and what you affect
it could haunt you or lift your spirits

Reflections

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What began with a hellish entrance, should hopefully end with a tranquil release.

Early on, I didn’t know I aspired to be wise. Learning is one challenge that never ends. Lessons bombard us irrationally throughout the entirety of our reality.

I only hope my end game has seen just enough experiential, peaceful growth from comforting knowledge so my essence feels it is ready to go.