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Poems: Confessions of a Closet Perfectionist

Updated on July 14, 2012
See if you're a Type A Personality
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Secretly living as a Type A personality

Please don’t put it that way

Why would you do it like that?

That’s what I really want to shout, but something is holding me back

Oh my goodness did you even make an effort at this?

Is there something wrong in your brain?

Watching you move so foolishly yet I’m the one going insane

It’s loss and not lost though the dead have no need of being found

Its they’re (a contraction) not th (eir) or (ere) when “they are” to come around

If I see one more person write then when the word should be than

Then I’ll be forced to “Serial Mom” you so you can do anything other than..

Do you enjoy trying to torture me doing things the way you do? Walking slowly, Working snail pace

Isn’t the world better if you just learn to think like me? Cause I’d die if I had to think like you.

Are you even going to make that straight?

Did you notice you missed that spot too?

All I know is if it were me living your life I’d do it way better than you

You slacker, lazy airheaded freak

Making my head hurt and my heart ache every time you move without concern

Don’t you realize whatever you do should be perfect and neat?

Who truly wants you doing things your way when it’s my way you should seek?

I mean…perfection

Which just so happens to be my way, in everything I do and in the words I say

Don’t you get it?

I want you to do things a certain way.

Still I’ll keep secretly screaming in my head,


© 2012 K. Hodge-Shorter

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      James Ranka 4 years ago from Port Neches

      I admire the word painting alongside the subtle, occasional 'in your face' portrayal of the personality disorder so-titled 'perfection personality disorder'. I have tried to manage this disorder for decades. Mostly, I am able to keep the demons locked away, but they sometimes attack when caught off guard - and the results can be devastating. Very well done! Voted up and awesome. ...

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      Keneesha M Hodge 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      @Kathryn1000. I know, I think it was important for my "healing" process to get over the need to be perfect and just learn to accept things the way they are, much like T. Carmichael just posted. Life on the laid back side is much more peaceful.

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      Tracey Carmichael 6 years ago

      This was me before, when I lived my life like a mouse on a wheel. I have learned to let go and trust in others. AHHHHH so much more peaceful

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      kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

      Very revealing!!

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      Keneesha M Hodge 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Me too @Elise. It really does feel good to tell people how you really feel, even though something inside of you screams don't be offensive...if you don't have anything nice to say...

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      Elise 6 years ago

      LOL at...I'd die if I had to think like you...

      I enjoyed this post, I am glad you got that off your chest :)

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      Keneesha M Hodge 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      @Ghaelach. I truly appreciate your words. They make me feel better about my stressful life as a Type A personality, always wanting things to be just right.

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      Keneesha M Hodge 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      @ Yolanda. Tell me about it. And writing is the worst when the words always need to get more and more perfect. Thanks for reading :)

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      Carolina HeartStrings 6 years ago

      Wow, both Tammie & myself (Alessa) can relate to this. I am inconsistant though between being a type A and then being exhausted and caring less. I guess I'm a Type A-

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Hi coffeewrite.

      Very good and very funny.

      A lot of people shoud read between the lines of your hub and i think they would learn a lot.


      take care.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Jongi 6 years ago

      I love this poem because as I read it I am discovering that I have many of these traits. Wow I never knew.

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      yolanda yvette 6 years ago

      This is 'funny' and 'cute'. I've heard myself say such things over and over. Ah, the life of a perfectionist...nothing's EVER quit right. Thanks for sharing. Up, funny, awesome!