Come As You Are

Come As You Are

A Poem by Sariel Hana

A poem about growing up through the influence of music.


Soft rock and long drives.

Lemon colored hair whipped through the wind as I crooned softly.


Then came the age of tu-tus and toe-shoes.

Everything was supposed to be painless.

I looked nervously out into the audience.

I saw crowds of eager aficionados in my tiny mind.

I awoke to find a living room strewn with colored scarves and tap shoes.

The hum of gentle violins. 

The melody got louder.

Straight bangs, and tin lunch boxes.

Long talks.

“Mommy, where is John Lennon?”

I became a young philosopher,

As a crammed my tu-tus and toe-shoes into a trunk.

I had outgrown them.

I waited.

Trying to find myself.


I became unruly.

The clash of livid base guitars and screeching voices--

Fit my trench coats and leather shoes.

My sea colored eyes still shone through the heavy make-up--

Almost splattered about my face.

The make-up made up for my insecurity. 


I looked down at my cut tee shirt and black denims--

What had I become?


I washed out my maroon colored hair-

Ridding myself of all evil,

My ripped tights were mended

With multi-colored yarn.


I became an independent queen.

Flowers, long dresses, rich lyrics,

Never to be interpreted.

Just come as you are.

I did.



© 2010 Sariel Hana

Author's Note

Sariel Hana
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Thank you guys so much!

Posted 13 Years Ago

definitely some good imagery in there, and a story to relate to. there's an interesting combination of lyric-like line segments (does that make sense?) and full sentences which might fit better in prose––could still fit here but in some ways a bit jarring. good work though!

Posted 13 Years Ago

wow, very passionate in truth. a pleasure to read. thank you :)

Posted 13 Years Ago

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This piece was amazing. You are a visionary. It flowed so beautifully from begining to end. I think that everyone has a time in their lives when they look at themselves and say 'what have I become'. Very few of them ever find out. A brilliant piece, I can't wait to read more piece from you. Well Done!


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Added on February 2, 2010
Last Updated on February 3, 2010
Tags: Coming Of Age, Music, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Childhood, Teenhood, Insecurity


Sariel Hana
Sariel Hana


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