not being ‘enough’
taught me to be tough
can wallow in the rough

or rise above it all
liberated me to have a ball

knowing that I stand tall

many become imprisoned
bury their soul in darkness
succumbing to proprieties

but more rise to the challenge
using their inner wealth
balancing life and health

open to opportunities as they arise
grateful and able to compromise
learning, growing becoming wise


      • Sadly, so many do that because tearing down others is the only way they know to build themselves up. It’s so prevalent now, especially with the pandemic and on social media. I wish we could all grow up and learn that we don’t have to put any group down in order to bring another group up!

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  1. This is such a relatable poem. I had to fit into other people’s molds for so long it still haunts me, even though I’ve long let go of that need.

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  2. A poem that demonstrates what it means to be a real human being. Without the wisdom to live with in our own means in pursuit of fulfillment and happiness, humans will continue to fall below expectations of human worth.


  3. I love how you bring these truths and reminders to rhyme. Your poem is lovely and helps see where we stand, get sunk or rise above. It takes consistent work to stay above it all surely.

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  4. I like that you are open to possibilities and create inner balance. It is necessary to compromise, because you cannot think only about yourself, because others may think differently, because something else is good for them.

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  5. Sad when someone or someones or the world makes a person feel like they are not enough. 😦
    Powerful, wise, inspiring poem, SweetKate! 🙂
    No need to compare or compete…just in being here and just being ourselves we are enough. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…the plant in your photo is gorgeous!

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  6. I am one of the fortunate ones. I stopped comparing myself to others a while ago. It was liberating. I no longer had to measure up or tone it down. I stepped back and said “Nolo contendere” It was not a surrender but a ceasing to compete.

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  7. Yeah …”On and On We Go”

    On and On We Go

    every second, a commitment
    every breath, a moment
    every moment, a feeling
    every feeling has a heartbeat
    and the beat goes on and on
    a soft beat to every step, to and fro
    and step by step the moments go
    a quest for answers never stops
    until our eternal sun drops

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