Who Do You See- A Poem

Me on my wedding day
Me on my wedding day

Who do you see

when you look at me?

Can you see past this shell?

Past the exterior?

Will you be patient

Or force your way through?

Do you even care to know?

Patience is the only way in.

Will you tear me down

just to see what I am made of?

Your forcefulness will go unrewarded.

Brick by brick

Cruel word by cruel word

You tear me down.

When the last brick is gone

you will see

behind the rough, brick wall

stands a cold, steel wall.

Unpassable

Unbreakable me


During most of my life I never really felt like anyone thought I was anything great to look at. I never really dated and spent most nights at home writing or reading. High school was the most challenging, with peer pressure and social pressures urging me to do what I did not want to do. I was frequently criticized by people for going "against the grain" but this was the only way I knew I should be going. They used hurtful words and told lies behind my back but I didn't let it get to me for long. It's true that for a long while I thought I was mistaken, that the way I was living my life was maybe the wrong way and that perhaps I should just give in. Just the thought of caving in made me upset, my core values made me who I was, how could I abandon them? I saw my siblings, and even my parents, behave in ways that I could not condone.

Despite what others said, I pushed on and did what my heart said was right. I molded myself into a person I could be proud of, no amount of peer pressure could steer me astray. I realized I wasn't the weak and inferior person they wanted to believe I was. In fact, I was stronger than them simply by having the determination I had to be a good person. Nothing could sway me, nothing could convince me I was wrong, because the fact remained that I was quite right from the start!

The answers to how you should live your life are within you, not within society. No one can tell you where your heart lies or what inspires you, these are things that you need to find deep within yourself. A person can not be whole until they have found these things about themselves. How can you hope to complete a journey if you do not know where to go? I have long held a love of Robert Frost poems, specifically The Road Not Taken, and believe that the final line in his poem is a wonderful mantra and the inspiration for the choices I have made in my life.

So as I have several times before, I leave you with a challenge: Don't do what you are expected to do, do what you're heart tells you is right. Be true to yourself and you will become the person you have always hoped you could be.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" ~Robert Frost~

© 2011 Greenhousewife

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jfay2011 5 years ago

Lovely poem. I remember the book The Artist's Way. Very good with lots of great sayings by many artists.


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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author

jfay- Thank you for stopping by and for becoming a follower! A friend of mine gave me The Artist's Way as a Christmas gift one year and it has been a wonderful tool. I hope you continue visiting me! Thank you again for coming by!


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litsabd 5 years ago

Chooose a path ib life that is not stepped before and follow your self through it. Beautiful hub.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

My LORD!

Glad you found love and wish you the best..for years to come, Greenhousewife

LDC


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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author

litsabd- I am glad you enjoyed this hub. I hope that it encourages my readers to listen to what's going on within themselves rather than to what society would have them do. Thanks for stopping in!

LDC- Following the road less travelled has not always been easy but it is worth while! Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment!


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ahorseback 3 years ago

"Nothing much to look at" ?.....look at your photo ,notice the smile that spreads like a fire , .....the tease that extinguises it , and the awesome beauty of happiiness of that child within the woman.

True beauty !

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Elizabeth Bowers 2 years ago from Tennessee

This is a beautiful poem with a very important message. I am very impressed. Thank you very much for sharing!


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

A very powerful poem. We must stay true to ourselves and avoid the pressure to be that faces us. Children suffer the most because of bullying which also has now come to cyber bullying with teenagers. This often results in suicide because the hurtfulness is too much for children and teenagers to handle. My granddaughter is 12 and told me they had someone come into her school to talk about bullying and what to do if it happens to you. I am glad the schools are taking a pro-active standpoint in this serious matter. Enjoyed your hub, look forward to reading more.


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Greenhousewife 11 months ago Author

Thank you all for stopping by, I know my response is much delayed! I'm working on coming back to Hubpages. I have been away too long but having my son two years ago has given me other things to keep me busy. :) Hoping to starting posting again soon!

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