Our eyes met
and our minds drifted –
years back – to a beach –
cold sand –
our feet cut by stones
we didn’t expect,
(because the movies never show them)
a conversation as demoralising as sand
between our toes –
annoying, awkward, inexterminable;
shaved hair tickling the back of a neck.
So when we part
we try to shake off shame
like sand between our toes.
Apparently inapparent – yet lingering
in our toe nails and pores,
the cuts in our feet.
As many of you have probably deduced by now, over the past year (via this blog) I have made positive thinking my mantra. However, as many of you have also probably wondered and questioned about me along the way, in no sense of the word am I always a positive, uplifting, inspiring person. There is an inherent difference between my online presence and my physical presence—but I waste no time worrying about it.
Close your eyes and imagine a person who you have spent too many days, weeks, months or years pining for. A malignant longing that deep down you know is doing and has done you no service en route to becoming the best version of yourself.
The power of music to either shut you down or wake you up is self-evident. It dictates the beat of your walk; the way you look at the world; the rhythms and synths drumming and buzzing within you when your mind wanders and you start to whistle, hum or lightly click your tongue.
A poem I’ve written in retrospect of many recent growths and changes in my life. I hope it will be as liberating to you reading it as it was for me writing it.
“Realistic” in the 21st century is otherwise defined as “being prepared to settle for the most negative outcome in your chosen path possible, and if by the smallest chance you do stumble upon an ounce of success, to realise that it will probably be short-lived anyway and in the long run won’t be worth the hassle so you should just quit now, save yourself the inevitable misery, and learn from everyone around you that what you want to achieve can’t be done”.
A poem about knowing someone only via nights out and a like button.