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Get Out of the Way - a poem

Updated on February 12, 2014


Too many times, I have experienced or witnessed a person set out to achieve something. This goal could be the launching of a new business enterprise, a complete career change or even the beginning of a new romantic relationship. All too often, there is a person (or group of persons) trying to get in the way and talk the first person out of his or her dream or goal. Some people do it out of selfishness. Some might do it out of fear. Some will do it because they have no faith in the ones they claim to love, even when that lack of faith is unwarranted. Others do it just to maintain control. Those that try to block the paths to happiness can be family members, friends, bosses, colleagues or even ex-lovers.

In my opinion, these types of people can be cancerous to one's dreams. They eat away at it, tear the dreamers down and become a complete negative force in one's life. I think these people should be cast aside, because no one is worth so much that they should be kept in the heart of a diminished soul. It only leads to resentment ... or worse, hatred.

Therefore, my poem is about standing up and telling a person that he or she is in the way of achieving happiness. In a nutshell, it states, "This train is leaving the station. Get on-board or get left behind." That might sound callous or mean, but ask yourself one question: Is anyone on this planet worth more than chasing and achieving your dreams?

Blocked Train Tracks
Blocked Train Tracks | Source

Get Out of the Way

here we go again
you claim to care
- overwhelming concern -
but in the end,
you only push to pull;
shoving me away
with your need to control
- overprotective at best -
the fights are draining me
hating your form of "love"

you are so achingly blind
... blind with selfishness ...
heart and mind slammed shut,
not listening to my pleas

my needs, wants, values
will never match
your fairy-tale expectations

i cannot travel your route with you
and don't want you on mine
your status doesn't carry that right
it's not your place to save me

i'm done with the arguments
i'm over the snide comments
i don't need the resistance
i am worthy of what you've never sought
i deserve the happiness of my desire
and you are in my way

© 2013 Charles Dawson


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