Duelling Personas

Outward facing –
contrived effort –
composure checked,
face appropriately presented.

I turn away –
internal chaos clouding –
lacking resources
for social banter

Wolves taunt me –
predatory monsters
shaming me into retreat –
defences down.

Wade back into superficial,
desperation seeking solace –
hide the flooding within.




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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.

12 thoughts on “Duelling Personas”

  1. A salute to your two sides, VJ. Could those wolves be herding you away from social blunders? It’s good to have a get-away space that’s physical … it’s ESSENTIAL to have a get-away space within, an acceptance of the priority of that sacred space. I’ve been accused of “tuning out” when the truth is I’m tuning IN … to matters no one else is privy to!

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      1. My duelling personas crave more energy and hours in the day. Some rare days I surprise myself with a burst …. but I am going off on a tangent.
        I meant to say …. I enjoyed this and can oh so relate dear V.J!

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