how efficiently
I wield the knife

Slay the very hopes
that keep me afloat

Slash potential
disembowel a future

Opportunity presents –
so many ports and
I unprepared, freeze

None of it meant for me
surely…I am sentenced
to an institutional life

Murderess that I am.

(Submitted for Eugi’s Weekly Challenge: extraordinary. Image my own)


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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.

18 thoughts on “Condemnation”

  1. Well expressed, VJ. Humans are flawed because of a number of reasons, and more keep us where we are. It’s hard to get beyond what’s holding us back. In the end, we have ourselves and those pesky reasons to blame. It’s a tough life but someone has to live it, eh? πŸ˜‰

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  2. It’s been days that I’ve been struggling with self sabotage and overthinking, questioning God, the universe, getting confirmation – dismissing it and asking for another sign. And then I read your poem.
    Like the voice of the universe itself – clear, effective and biting. Almost like a wake up call.

    You are an artist.

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