Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

The Peculiarity of Potential


i have the potential
to be Johnny Travolta in Saturday Night Fever
but i’m cool and stuck on Wednesday.

i have the potential
to be like Stella and get my groove ba–
but i lost the “ck”.

in the end,
potential
is nothing,
a mere statement of what should be
but is not.
potential is more illogical than faith
because it leans on the negative,
the “i wish” that sits
on the tips of our lips
but betrays us as badly
as the kiss of Judas.

but where is Jesus?
His magical garment has ripped
as i, the woman with issues
pulled so tight that facts got mixed
with potential,
trying to make Him fit who they say He is,
forgetting the reality that He does exist
inside of me,
only highlighting my individuality
rather than participating in the accusatory
proclamations that prick the insides of me,
pointing begrudgingly at only
what i have the
potential
to be.

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2 responses

  1. malcolmjames

    Every day I meet people with potential, and most of these people don’t give a damn. They just want something to distract them from what’s inside, from who they really are.

    December 17, 2008 at 11:25 pm

  2. Interesting. I think potential means nothing unless it is actually turned into action or behavior.

    December 18, 2008 at 11:37 am

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