Poems On Odyssey: Clarity

Poems On Odyssey: Clarity

"It has become clear that no lesson learned has come without cost."

As a child, I was always told to never give up

On my dreams

On my aspirations

On myself.

I was encouraged to keep moving forward

Whether in the face of adversity

Or in the face of responses I had yet to understand.

It was a simpler time,

With little capacity required

As I was a child.

As a teenager, I was told that mistakes were going to be made

Though I came to think that mistakes were definitive

To the person

To the prior repertoire

To the inner-workings of the character.

Be it in the light of day

Or in the darkest of nights,

It was a complex time,

With the fullest of capacity required,

As I was still learning.

Though here I am

Somewhere caught in between that youthful place

And the realities of an adult world.

The world has revealed so much in a short period of time

But no lesson learned has come without cost.

I see now that failure is permissible

In fact, it is necessary

In order to accomplish

In order to rejuvenate

In order to grow.

It has become clear that no lesson learned has come without cost.

It is finally clear.

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Poetry On The Odyssey: It's a Girl

An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.


They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch


What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

She mourns that little girl

Hoping that one day

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