Dressed in our finest personas
we submit to public scrutiny,
polish our performances, risk
criticism to achieve the prize

Practice behind the scenes
preparing lists and scripts,
questioning qualifications,
comparisons deflating egos

Yet we succumb to pressure
step into the spotlight, react
emotions and insecurities
demolishing golden intentions

We scramble for our lines,
to maintain integrity, curse
our folly, our vulnerability
slaves to external editors

Competition eradicates value
of black and white resumes
survival of the fittest presides
we race to stay in the running

traces of authenticity discarded
like unwanted footage, spliced
realities catering to contrived
standards:  a social experiment.

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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.

10 thoughts on “Specimens”

  1. Yes there are incidents in everyone’s life when the core of our existence gets shaken up. It’s at this point in time when we must have faith in our capabilities & stay true to ourselves. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post! According to your convenience please do read some of my writings would love to know what you think about them 😊


      1. Thanks for respecting my invitation and taking out time to go through my blog, was really flattered by the goodness of your feedback 😊

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      2. Yes technically English is my second language, being from India, Hindi is my mother tongue. But I prefer to write in English though. Rhyming is an integral part of my poetry, I love to play around with words so that the poem sounds, glad you liked the way I rhyme 😊

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