On a Diet

I dined on your expectations,
enticed by the spice of your words –
insatiable this hunger for approval.

Mistook self-assuredness
for wisdom – how bitter
the aftertaste, how empty
the truth –

Learning to feed myself –
sustenance geared to fulfilling
personal dreams.


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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.

20 thoughts on “On a Diet”

  1. My how so many of us are crossing such engaging thoughts and themes, loving it. Love this poem VJ, just speaks the truth so carefully, experience shines. and also adore that painting.

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  2. True wisdom V.J., when left with the aftertaste, learning how to nourish ourselves… perfect words, powerful poem.

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  3. we are often misled which hunger needs urgent attention, and often fall into a cycle of self destruction, your words hold much wisdom and teaching V.J …truth leads us to a better resolution

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