Properly: A lament of expectations

Doing what you're told

and only that drains your personality. Even if you have to tone what makes you you while at work, you should never have to do it around friends or family. Make some time for yourself, and know yourself. Feel free in your actions, even if you have a "yes man" job right now.

This poem reflects my restraint when having to deal with the feeling of not being allowed to be myself. It's not my best, but I've tried several times to edit, to no avail. I've decided to let it go. Please critique if you have the time! =) Thanks.

I sit, properly.
I sit, properly.

I no longer speak
the way I should,

Or dress as I must
for an outing.

There is no more

over a perfect reflection

or nail polish shades
that match an outfit.

But properly,
I sit.

I listen.

I have no other
task in my

© 2012 Jennifer Kessner

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Nat Amaral 4 years ago from BC Canada

Great work. I can relate because this is what I have to deal with on a regular basis. My heart goes out to you.

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Meisjunk 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, Nat! I'm sorry you can relate, but it never surprises me how many people know sad feelings. We are none of us ever truly alone.

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Ausseye 3 years ago

Hi MeisValue,

As the poem suggests, you are a proper natural beauty...a gift from nature to us all....a poet of choice. Love your work....poem needs no work as it has a mind of its own for all to reflect on.


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Meisjunk 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Aw, thanks so much! =) I really needed a comment like this. *hugs*

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