Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

Defiance


i know the rules,
but i don’t care.
i have memorized the stipulations of life,
studied them to find out why they apply
but at the end of the day,
i just want things my way.

is that wrong?
what does your reply matter anyway?
i hate to be rude or hurt feelings
but i’ve finally reached a point
where i can decipher my feelings from fact,
can tell the difference between myself
and how i’ve been told i should act
and i only have enough energy to pretend on stage.

truth hurts others
but to me, it is freeing.
come smile at the sunshine with me,
who smiles for the self that was too scared
to even look out the window,
let alone step outside
to stare at the sky.

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2 responses

  1. Hi Farah,

    like this piece, especially these lines:

    come smile at the sunshine with me,
    who smiles for the self that was too scared
    to even look out the window,

    finding new freedom is always a profound and altering experience. Been inside the moment you describe here. Ain’t it great?

    Elizabeth

    March 1, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  2. Excellent poem…

    March 10, 2009 at 8:38 pm

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