Break Through and Rise Up

Break Through and Rise Up

A Poem by SJ Rhea

Slam poetry following some enlightenment thinkers.


Look at yourself on the high walls of your mind

Follow your sight around as you stare down

Gaze into the darkness of who you are

Realize that you are in a golden cage

And know yourself for who you are


Then break it


Break through, your head

Break through, those walls

Break through, the ideas that bind you

Break through, preconceived notions of right and wrong

Break through, perceptions handed to you

Break through, what the world says you should be

Break through, everything you thought you knew

Break through, the rust and decay of boredom

Break through

Break through

Break through



And look

Look around at the walls you smashed

Look around at the ruins of everything you broke through

Look around at the last remaining bars of your golden cage

Look around at the debris filled life you left behind

Look around at what is left when everything is gone


And when nothing remains but what must remain


That is necessity

That is what you must hold on to

That is what you must see and know

That is what everything should be based on

That is where your foundation should lie

That is where you start to build


And then you rise up…

Rise up and grab that life

Rise up to hold on to wonder

Rise up to re-form your walls in nature

Rise up to build your foundation on pure thought

Rise up to grab what is the marrow of life

Rise up to the sun peeking over the mountain

Rise up to appreciate the beauty


And continue to rise

Continue to rise people of every creed, religion, and belief

Continue to rise those children of the lost

Continue to rise generation that has gone astray

Continue to rise lost souls that are seeking answers

Continue to rise and break through the mirror of yourself


And then simply take your life back

© 2010 SJ Rhea

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Author's Note

SJ Rhea
Remember this is supposed to be done with a beat and live audience

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Added on January 30, 2010
Last Updated on January 30, 2010
Tags: smash poetry, challenging, rise up


SJ Rhea
SJ Rhea

Billings, MT

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