Becoming Authentic

Becoming Authentic

A Poem by barleygirl
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just for fun . . .

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We all think we got there lickety-split
nobody deems oneself a bit counterfeit
unintentional fakery we humbly submit
must be a myth that simply doesn’t fit.

Not likely amongst those carefully kept
or anyone with a spirit that’s never leapt
lest careful confines be madly overstepped
while expectations are wildly windswept.

It takes all one’s life to become truly real
thick protective layers that take years to peel
realizing our assumptions are no big deal
and there’s no such thing as a heart of steel.

All former freakishness don’t matter at all
whether curvy or lithe, squatty or tall
nobody needs a comprehensive overhaul
as soon as we see we’re each an oddball.

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Inspired by a passage from the book: Velveteen Rabbit . . .

He said, "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."



© 2017 barleygirl



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Very Good Poetry from my point of view I'm to old to worry about what people think of me today someday you whole life will be in a memory keg we will sit around with friends and have a beer on my of course its my time to buy all friends welcome remove the Mask not surprise.

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barleygirl

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I don't much enjoy my painful carcass (fibromyalgia & neck injury) but other than that, I wouldn't t.. read more



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i wish i were this clever.
love it.

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

You are very clever in a different way! I aspire to be as loosely-connected as you are in your writi.. read more
That there lickety split just has to be painful.
I tried it once. Tongue got caught in the neighbour's divorce proceedings.
But realness you can only hide for awhile. So you have to say what's on the can.
I gravitate to certain people, because they say the words I like to hear. But also because of their originality.
You're original.

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Well, now I'll be strutting for half the day . . . to be original is the ultimate goal in writing, I.. read more
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Gee
Kinda relates to my efforts at writing. When I first landed here I was all rhyme and more rhyme as I thought that was what folk wanted. Took me a little time to realise that all writing is read, always accepted, so I now post any ol' piffle, and luckily, a fee folk enjoy it.
Another thought provoking , well put together piece Margie

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Love hearing about your writing journey on this website. I've changed so much in the 2 yrs I've been.. read more
Gee

1 Month Ago

Twas my pleasure m'dear
When pursuing an ambition, we all use an "adopted" persona, in order to impress. Then we learn how to be ourselves again as we leave the artificial world of conformity. But the experience is not wasted,as now we can even learn to laugh at ourselves. I enjoyed both your rhyme and reason in justifying this... (((Hugs )))

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

I remember being in my 30's when I studied a little Tai Chi & the written text I was using hit me ov.. read more
There's a reason why birds of a feather do all that flocking. Like minds tend to lean in the same direction. That's why I like to say, "Those who matter won't mind and those who mind don't matter." I had a great friend once (she's been passed away quite awhile) that was honest and open as a mountain in spring. She told me, "You know, when I first me you, I didn't like you. I thought you were an pseudo-intellectual snob. But now that I've known you all these years I've come you realize you are a true intellectual smart-a*s." (laughing) God I loved her. She was brilliant, funny and a lot of fun. We used to go to yard sales together and look for things stranger than ourselves. It's okay to be different...it's what makes limited editions valuable...as well it should with human beings in my opinion. Loved your write.

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Fabian G. Franklin

1 Month Ago

It's that extroverted personality type you understand, we believe everyone is entitled to our opinio.. read more
barleygirl

1 Month Ago

Living in the boondocks myself, we are all reclusive & unwilling to conform to the usual neighborhoo.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

1 Month Ago

Hermits of the Boonies...sounds like a book title to me.
We all took often spend so much time hiding certain feelings and desires from loved ones because we are afraid they won't understand just as they do to us. But then again some people will judge others without looking at themselves.

Anyways a wonderfully smooth flowing poem with wonderful words of wisdom.

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barleygirl

1 Month Ago

I honestly had almost nothing in mind when I wrote this, except that I loved the quoted paragraph . .. read more

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