Where Ignorance Leads

Quest for independence
born of familial dysfunction
led me down a path of dissent

Compromise, I believed
was toxic, swore against
the brutality of submission

Need no one,
depend on no one
have nothing to lose

Overlooked the joy
of interdependence –
an alien concept

Chose a lonely path,
a straggler destined
never to belong…

(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.

42 thoughts on “Where Ignorance Leads

  1. Oh my. I get this. Stay independent…need no one…depend on no one. A survival mechanism from the earliest days. You hope it protects you, but it can often lead to loneliness. But what else do we know – until, if we’re lucky, we learn it is safe to be otherwise and ignorance is overcome. Your image is spot on.

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  2. It’s unfortunate we endure unpleasantness before we figure out that me, myself, and I come first before we accept others into our lives. We need others but not to depend on. I love how you tug at real-life in your poems.

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  3. I remember that feeling of fierce independence in my youth, some of that has returned recently. Yet, we all need to be needed, so it only makes sense to reciprocate that feeling, with the right person.

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  4. This is so relatable. I remember for a few years, I felt I only have myself. Though I have great family and friends, I think I never really trusted them, I’m in my own world. I kept saying to myself that I needed to be strong so I will always have my choice, now I realize, I never consider any help from others on my plans.

    Many things happened then I realized my family can support me even I had no ability, now I become a salted fish *laughing*

    Anyway, I like this poem very much.
    This is so relatable. I remember for a few years, I felt I only have myself. Though I have great family and friends, I think I never really trusted them, I’m in my own world. I kept saying to myself that I needed to be strong so I will always have my choice, now I realize, I never consider any help from others on my plans.

    Many things happened then I realized my family can support me even I had no ability, now I become a salted fish *laughing*

    Anyway, I like this poem very much.
    (◍•ᴗ•◍)♡ ✧*。

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  5. I had to read this a couple times so that I could make sure I fully understood it, but it is powerful and also kind of summarizes how I feel right now. I don’t know many people that blog in person so it can feel a little lonely.

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