Laminated collage (2006) HMBT
Availabe for sale
8.5″ x 11″
by Cheryl Denise, from I Saw God Dancing.
© Dream Seeker Books, 2005.
take your soul
and put it in a suit,
fit you in boxes
under labels,
make you look like the Joneses.
They’ll tell you go a little blonder,
suggest sky-blue
tinted contact lenses,
conceal that birthmark
under your chin.
They’ll urge you to have babies
get fulfilled.
They’ll say marriage is easy,
flowers from Thornhills
are all you need
to keep it together.
They’ll push you to go ahead,
borrow a few more grand,
build a dream house.
Your boys need Nikes,
your girls cheerleading,
and all you need is your job
9 to 5 in the same place.
They’ll order you never to cry
in Southern States,
and never, ever dance
in the rain.
They’ll repeat all the things
your preschool teacher said
in that squeaky too tight voice.
And when you slowly
let them go,
crack your suit,
ooze your soul
in the sun,
when you run through
the woods with your dog,
read poems to swaying cornfields,
pray in tall red oaks,
they’ll whisper
and pretend you’re crazy.
Fear is not what you think it is. Fear is not who you are underneath your facade. Fear is not the real you that you must somehow fix or improve or overcome. Fear is a very useful signal along the path to freedom. The stronger the fear, the closer you are to what you are seeking. If you want to stay “safe (i.e. stuck where you are), fear tells you to stop what you are doing, But if you want to be free, fear lets you know you are on the right track, it is a signal to push ahead in the same direction, to pick up the pace.
~ Cheri Huber, “The Fear Book”
To be human is to be vulnerable – this I must accept. My invincibility lies in my ability to not let the emotional and physical setbacks in life conquer me. I may be vulnerable to the experiences, but I’m invincible in my resolve. I’m unconquerable.
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I’m on it.
I’m unconquerable.
I am free.
Have a good day everyone,