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My latest poem, below, which follows on from my most recent post, is a reflection on the messages we receive every day about who we should be and what we should value – money, fame, power, success.
All of these messages, and the constant bombardment of such, can lead us to question our inherent values which may differ. Not only that but those who we may revere as icons of success have not got there on their own rather through an interconnected web of actions, behaviours, hopes and fears of others: The Billionaire Hedge Fund manager who bets on other’s misfortune, the self-made entrepreneur who has built their business through the hard work of others often without recognition of their effort, the smiling politician who prays on our fear of the unknown.
Eventually some of us can succumb and allow ourselves to be less than, to give up on our own dreams and live our lives through others. Yet, in the words of Marianne Williamson, [our] playing small does not serve the world.
You are beautiful, your beauty radiates through the success of others. Allow yourself, in your own way, to be successful too.
A Life Reflected
Show me a billionaire and I will
a million broken backs
Show me the voice of power and I will
the scream of desperation
Show me a star of celebrity and I will
dreams held by proxy
Show me one success and I will
in its wake.
Show me your rich and I will
the face of the poor
Show me your mind and I will
your weeping heart
Show me your fear and I will
Offer you hope
Show me your hate and I will
Wrap you in love
Show me your anger, your bitterness, your scum and I will
Sweeten your cup
Show me your life, naked and I will
Worship Your story
Hold up the mirror
To see that your beauty.