Imagining Genius

Imagine befriending genius –
accepting social awkwardness
embracing habitual quirks as
incubation for enlightenment.

If I could strip down, release
preconceived notions, agendas,
lie naked, exposed, in shallow
waters, intimately entwined,

unencumbered by sexuality
or gender protocols, I would
shake this sensual impotency –
become one with creativity.

As my father, wounded, I
am inhibited by my feminine,
opting for compliance over
strength, a conditioned identity.

His mystery extends, flawless
sculpting, archetypal secrets,
pretense proclaiming normalcy,
usurping vitality, genius stifled.


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

5 thoughts on “Imagining Genius”

  1. Your poem beautifully expresses the frustration of our true self being squelched. What tremendous courage it takes to stand against our programming, but stand we must! And it isn’t available in one beautifully wrapped event, but in a daily recognition that we are, in our unique manifestation of the creative force (whatever that is for you), an important part of this world. Being who we were meant to be is vitally important to everyone we touch….no matter how much they may object!


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