Friday, April 22, 2016

Self

(Had something else in mind for today. Then yesterday, the sudden death of Prince left me speechless. This (very early) morning I was left with this urge to write this stream of consciousness poem instead of my planned post)














Be your self
Not the echoes of images others have left in you
The ones you believe to be true
The ones shaped by pain and anguish and fear and hate
The ones shaped by you at your worst

Be your self
The pure love that flows
From someone who creates, shapes, lives
Life at one with their dreams
At one with the beating heart that speaks in peace

Be your self
Accept, embrace, fiercely love your broken parts
Because they are the ones that teach you
To be the best self that you buried
Deep within, underneath the cracks

Be your self
Be weird, be passionate about thing that maybe matter
Only to you in the circles you live in and know that
Your being confident in your own passions and dreams
Will awaken the yearning in others to be the same

Be your self
Don't let another day pass without saying I love you
To yourself, to those you love, to the world, to all that is
Because then you start ripples, just by being, just by playing
Just by living as one body, one soul, one complete human being

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