Some Insights I Have Gained

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Journey

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”__ Anna Quindlin, How Reading Changed My Life

“Not a single atom in this universe is without a journey. Everything around you including yourself is a wayfarer. Each moment is a journey enriching us with experience.

Share with us those invaluable moments about your tour, trek, voyage, safari, pilgrimage or you might even recount your inner journey.”

I did not hear
my own voice for years
or maybe did not recognize
a voice of such a tiny size.

There were moments when
volume rose, but then,
again silence won out–
impossible to shout.

I’ve gained independence,
and thicker skin for condescendence.
My voice rings with resolution.
I have no lingering illusions

that people must agree with me
or else I simply cannot be
right. It is fine if I misspeak
or state opinions that are met with critique.

With age there comes a recklessness;
it does not matter if you make a mess.
Respect others, and be free
to believe in yourself, to say, ‘that’s me.’

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Some Insights I Have Gained

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    I relate to taking some years to begin to listen to one’s inner voice – the one voice that will never lead us astray. I ignored it at my peril………. and I totally relate to your poem!!!!!


  2. thotpurge says:

    Great to find one’s voice and assert one’s own opinions… that really is the journey…to find it!


  3. Sumana Roy says:

    “I have no lingering illusions” It’s a must in a journey to reach destinations.


  4. Amen, I understand this and agree with you. This is a great poem.


  5. Marja says:

    wow fantastic Upliftin and well written I can relate to that and you totally nailed that Thanks


  6. Susan Chast says:

    A sweet moving turn around–and the entire painful and joyous journey in a snapshot!
    “With age there comes a recklessness;
    it does not matter if you make a mess”


  7. There is a certain freedom to seniority … a hard-earned confidence in self, not so vulnerable to what others think. Well depicted in your poem.


  8. Mary says:

    This is a wonderful poem. I think that with age one gains some strength in speaking out. You have definitely earned the right to SHOUT out “That’s me!” and be proud of who you are.


  9. Sarah,
    I love the growth of you within your personal journey. I find many similarities with my own life and yours as described. Certainly with writing and eventually aldo finding my voice..saying NO more often and not accepting everything..I didn’t really want!
    this is a true journey!


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