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A Poet's Perception (Poem)

Updated on October 28, 2016
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This Is Not A Fairy Tale

I sat down and was going to write this introduction sort of like a fairy tale beginning. However, as I started to write Once upon a time and all that jive, I realized it would be a pretty depressing tale leading up to the poem I wrote. The poem is, of course, a reflection of my life, and I know I have written about myself and my life’s curses a million times through my poetry, but I usually write what pops up in my head, and this is what sprang up in my head this time. Let’s just say; I go with my own flow.

I don’t want this poem to read as sad, and I don’t really want my readers to think that I am this depressed and over emotional person. Nevertheless, I am sometimes; I'll just be honest with you and myself at this point. There is no way to hide it. Because when I want to write I start from what is on my mind, and I was having another sad day sitting here staring at the computer screen.

Let me explain why I think I am morose today. These last few days or so, I’ve been a bit tired. I don’t know why, but I feel extremely exhausted. I don’t think it had anything to do with being sad, but as I woke up every day feeling this same way, it has now turned into a down-and-out turmoil of drag. I am having to make myself roll out of bed and do my normal things. Gosh, I hate to admit this, and maybe it’s the cold weather. I should say I hope it’s the chilly weather, but regardless, when I feel down, I reflect. And I usually reflect on my unhappy, at times, miserable life up to this point, and it’s been long let me tell you. Please know I am writing this with a smile and a giggle. I do think It’s funny, to some extent, that I always seem to share my anguish.


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Why am I laughing?? No kidding, if you saw me right now, as I'm writing this, I am having a good time laughing at myself. It’s bringing to my mind all those sayings like; It only hurts when I laugh, and I laughed until I cried. Anyway, I may cry sometimes, but I’m laughing too. That’s important for me to note and make clear. I’m dark with a burst of sunlight. Lol. And I do hope you like my poem.

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That's Me! The Perceptive and Open-Minded Poet

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Interesting poem written by Emily Dickinson

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I'm nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there is a pair of us ---- don't tell!
They'd banish us you know.

How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog, to tell your name the livelong day to an admiring bog! ~Emily Dickinson

The Perceptive Poet

© 2016 Missy Smith

I sit here and somehow

I know, that life as I’ve

never known it I’ll never

know.


Those times when I

Thought love was found,

would eventually hide

back in the shadows again.


My limbs are tired of

riding the Ferris wheel of

life; it's kept me dizzy

and drained past my prime.


Fight for more; the voice

Keeps saying. What choice

do you have as you are still

amongst the living…


and how can I possibly

tell the world to let me go… I’m

a mom with responsibilities

but even so…


I can’t explain how exhausted

I get, I’m so scared most days

of disappointing my kids.


I wish to god I didn’t understand,

how it feels to be the one who

lives with distress and guilt.


I don’t even know If I can

express this well, my destiny

It seems, was to be misled.


Could anyone possibly conceive

of a notion, that although I

tried so hard, I was meant

for nothing?


I, myself, keep trying to thrive,

on the idea that hope for me is

still alive.


However, I am a poet who is

perceptive, and that is the truth...

I shall forever have struggles in

seeking my value.

A Little Description About The Video Below

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a page I found through my news-feed on Facebook one day. I was so intrigued by the messages in the videos they made, that I could not stop listening to every one of them. I chose "Socha" for this particular hub, because I felt it fit well with my theme. In the future I may add another of their video messages that are named with one word to a future hub of mine if I feel it relates to my own message.

You can look them up on Facebook or check them out on YouTube. However, I would probably go straight to their website at;

I tried to give a link that would work, but for some reason it would not let me. Nevertheless, you can find them through the websites I've listed, and I so encourage you to do so. I will even tell you that the video "Sonder" is one on my favorites. It's Beautiful!

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: Socha

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      Missy Smith 17 months ago from Florida

      That's a very unique way to comment Shyron. I thank you for stopping by and I am glad you liked the poem. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 17 months ago from Texas

      Missy, I do love your poem very much

      So please don’t use it for a crutch

      And please don’t be morose

      I think your kids would find it gross

      Find a reason to Laugh

      Just as the saying goes: Laughter is the music of the soul

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      Blessing and (((hugs)))

      If you laugh people will laugh with you

      If you cry, you will cry alone.

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      Missy Smith 18 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, MsDora. I have learned to realize just what you said; struggles are part of living. Some of us have more than others, but all are felt entirely the same to the ones experiencing them; I believe.

      I appreciate you stopping by another one of my hubs. I look forward to a wonderful collaboration with you here on hubpages. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 18 months ago from The Caribbean

      Missy, struggling is part of living. Without it, we would have difficulty understanding the struggles of others and how to support them. Thanks for sharing your valuable perceptions in this beautiful poem.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I like filler material. I think it leads to the plot of a story, or the main idea very well. Whatever you write, I have no doubt it will be brilliant, Deb. As far as those birds...I did see, just today, a lovely pair of large brightly red-headed woody the woodpeckers pecking away on a tree across the street from my son's doctors office. Oh, how I wished I could have left the building and captured a few photos, but time wouldn't permit that, as my son was called back not long after I watched them for about 3 minutes. It was a most fantastic scene as one would move up the tree, while the other pecked around lower, then one flew to the neighboring tree to peck a little more. It was great to watch. :) Thanks for stopping in, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is my first full day back from a working vacation, which was with the birds, of course. I'm glad to see that I came back to some of your candid material, which also tends to put me in a candid mood. Alas it rains, and I need to have a column on Wednesday before noon. I must work in the morning, so should I do filler material? It could happen. In the meantime, walk on, my friend. See what you encounter in your travels and perhaps you'll meet a laughing bird that says for you to look ahead, smell the roses and bask in the sunshine. It will happen...

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      That's a neat way to see a driven poet. It's a funny little vision you describe. It made me giggle, because I know what you mean. Just that one sentence shows your creativity with thoughts and words. Thanks Gypsy!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 19 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most creative poem. There are times when I am writing and creating I can imagine smoke curling out of my ears.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Frank. I'm not afraid to admit that you are one of my favorites here either. I enjoy everything you write; poems and short stories. :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Beautiful verses, Dana. Thank you for sharing. Psalms is the most inspiring verses of all the bible.

      Struggles are real for sure. Some of us have more than others. That's just a fact of life, and one that seems unfair, but I tend to look at it as a blessing. I don't believe if I were one of the lucky ones with only a minuscule amount of struggle that I would have gained as much appreciation and wisdom for my life or the important things around me.

      Thanks Dana! :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      You are so right, Shanmarie, there is beauty in pain and dark days. This has become my theme it seems. And why wouldn't it, I've seen darkness more than light. However, I've drawn my light from my own ability to live in dark times. I'm glad you get my poetry and my purpose here. :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Hey PoetwoPoem. Yes, I believe this is also what I try to do. The thing is...as much as you write to discard your sad past, or the feeling you may be going through at the moment, they still stay buried somewhere inside waiting for a return. I don't think this is bad. I think most poets have the ability to keep sharing their struggles through either past or present. That's what I like about poetry. Thanks for stopping in and reading my poem.

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      Missy, another well written poem.. I have a few favorite poets on this site and I'm not afraid to admit your amongst the very few I read bless you..:)

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      Dana Tate 19 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Many times I have felt this way, in my life there is always a struggle. A struggle with finances, struggle with relationships and struggling to keep getting up in the morning when I wish I didn't have to. In those dark times, I rely on this prayer " (psalm 30:5) Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning" or (psalm 126:5) Those that sow in tears will reap in joy. You have a lovely tender heart. I'm sure blessings are coming your way.

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      shanmarie 19 months ago

      You had my attention from the intro. It's relatable. You are not the only one to feel that way. But, I think there is beauty even in the sadness that comes from reflecting on pain, even during the pain. To not feel so deeply would mean that the happiness you experienced while laughing about how you might appear to others would not be as meaningful.

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      Rudy Lopez 19 months ago from Dallas

      Beautiful poem Missy, I also get down myself sometimes but I've learned to reach into my own writings sometimes and read what I have written in times like this. I write about positive thinking and getting over negativity. I inspire myself to get going again and not be left dragging. I also read other hubs on hubpages with positive vibes, this also helps..., Wonderful hub Missy

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Hey Manatita. Yes, I do get that our soul is aimlessly trying to get home; some souls are in more desperation to do so than others. I just love how the video and the man talking gave us a vision of this. It's nice. Thanks for coming back and commenting again! :)

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      Hi Again, Missy.

      If I told you that the Soul is in isolation/separation, trying to find its way home, and will not be happy until this happens, it may or may not be too much.

      Socha, and so many other synergies in life, are saying the same thing. They only put them in a way with which we are familiar and can easily understand.

      Once again, your Hub is wonderful!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      "Sondor" is beautiful. Sondor, not Sodor, John. I just realized I forgot the "n" in that somehow when I wrote back to you. Lol. Not a big deal I suppose, but it would have made me uncomfortable until I corrected it I think. Silly me! :):):)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I think you are right, Bill. I feel that writing with no truth or emotion is not worth reading. I don't mean that in a mean way, but when I read I want to feel the emotions of the writer, or I want to feel like I'm in the book with the characters. You take us on a journey with your short stories, and it's fun and emotional, just how it should be. There have been so many times I've picked up a book and could not get through it, because the writer lacked a purpose or plot. It just felt like it was going nowhere. I appreciate your comment, and I feel so honored that you feel my writing is good. Thank You!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I know the struggle with not knowing what exactly successful means as well, Swalia. However, as I get older, I think success is just doing the best we can with what we have, and if we are lucky enough to become parents, as long as our children are properly taken care of, well then, I think that is the highest success you can achieve. We've Made It, Swalia!! We really have in God's eyes, and that is all that matters! Many blessings to you and your beautiful children! :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Your words are a great inspiration, Manatita. I thank you for them. God Bless You!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      The ones who do "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows" are really good. The information and perceptions are quite beautiful to look and listen to. If you look them up, "Sodor" is really inspirational and moving.

      Thank you so much for your support, John. It means a lot to me. I know, you know, that I struggle with whether I'm good at anything daily, and like I've said before, I write the main thing I know, and that would be my life. I never had time to worry about anyone else's business for trying to live through mine. lol...

      I'm always happy to read your feedback. Thanks! :)

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Here's the thing, Missy....my thoughts on writing and poetry....if writer's did not elicit emotions with their works...if they did not touch upon the human experience...I would have no need for them. The truly good writers understand this....and you are a truly good writer.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      Sometimes I feel that you are writing exactly my thoughts. We are blessed to have children who give meaning and purpose to our lives. I don't know if I have succeeded in anything else but at least I have succeeded in becoming a good mother to my child and so have you Missy.

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      manatita44 19 months ago

      Both videos seem fine. Will look more when I get home. As you can appreciate, life ebbs and flows and you will eventually be stronger. God is good. As usual, you express yourself well and show great insight. I see no tide that you cannot stem. Hari om!

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Loved your poem Missy. You can never say you haven't succeeded as a poet. I llok forward to every new hub from you as do your other followers here. You write from the heart and that is a special gift. I also think the video "Socha" is amazing, and the main image beautiful.