Just Be Yourself

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Day 23 (Write a poem that discusses a real moment in your life without discussing its larger meaning or attempting to lead the reader to a conclusion.)


Just Be Yourself

I was given
a list of things to avoid
— kiss boys too soon
— swing too high
— judge too quickly

I was given
a list of behaviors to adopt
— obey
— be respectable
— show compassion

I was given
a list of titles to achieve
— Wife
— Mother
— Secretary

I was given
many gifts to live by
— discipline
— shelter
— love

Permission to be myself
that came later.

The Fear of Falling

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Fear of Falling by Brooke Shaden

Fear of Falling by Brooke Shaden

The Fear of Falling

She dreams of being a butterfly
bold colorful wings to lift the grey frailty
of her newspaper skin.
Read and crumpled in the corner
tossed there long ago
she cocoons herself and wonders
“Was I ever young?”

She tries to remember her last dream
and squeezes her eyes tight.

Radiant wings
Strength and Purpose
uncoil from her back.
She takes flight in the moment
fearing to stay in her place.

Today the poets at the dVerse pub are drinking in the poignant art of Brooke Shaden and writing poetry. To see more of Brooke Shaden’s art please visit her site:

Come join Grace and the rest of us for Poetics: Passion of Brooke Shaden

This poem can now be found in The Unique & Sundry, which happens to be available on Amazon.