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SHAME: I am a Ham, am I?

Updated on May 26, 2017
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Threekeys is a freelance writer and poet who loves burning candles; drinking cafe lattes; and standing under Moreton Bay Fig Trees.

I'm a ham, am I bad?
I'm a ham, am I bad? | Source

I am a Ham, Aren't I?

I’m a ham, implying I am bad

Shame on you, shame on me

Seek the olive branch strewn across

The lustrous wishing well

Ruby red stop signs built outside

Not strong enough, out in the cold

Drowning in syrupy quick sand

Red ribbons tie relationships

Told, flawed and inadequate

Shyness is yellow chick pea shame

In the nearness of a stranger

Discouragement speaks white shame

With spots of momentary ruin

Embarrassment is scarlet red

Place a light on shame. Do not let secrecy, silence and judgement surround shame.
Place a light on shame. Do not let secrecy, silence and judgement surround shame. | Source

When shame is spotlighted within

Self-consciousness is crimson red

This shame screams defectiveness

In what you do, and how you do

Encompassing shame of self

Is lime green wrongness felt high

The maim of shame thrives in silence

Secrecy and judgement follows

Shame cannot survive being told

Red poison Arrow frog bellows

Shame is my red fire siren

Red planet Mars ruminates guilt

Knowing bad boots harms another

Foster tangle, neglect, control

Handle another grievously

Bright neon green shame is spawned

Never whisper nor speak my name

Vanishing my whole existence

Neglect rumours, few given clues

Absorbing decline of value

WE are born for connection.
WE are born for connection. | Source

As the yellow brown bees team

So, we are born for connection

Wanting to be a chrysalis

Yet, cherry red lobsters squeeze

A ferocious grip of bold shame

To leave behind false thoughts

Red pen screams uber X control

The rigid person interferes

Presenting one and all perfect

Hiding the lime green rot inside

Shame chain, no one wants to talk now

But you sit in the deep blue end

Sinking all sense of value

Secrecy and silence be gone

Red Yo-Yo between you and I

Spins a fast vibrating thread

To emmesh and cocoon us all

No one knows where they end or start

Siamese twins proliferate

Child is sad when mother is sad

Child is happy when mother is

Identity is smashed out

Potency cactus, prickles left

Responsibility lost


The Anaconda of high shame

Slithers under a craggy rock

To hide from attacking kin

Fang bites through the red cherries

Of body, heart and sexual tow

Ridicule and barbed put downs

Where the old and strong terrorize

The fragile young and the ripe weak

Not one but all are complicit

Sex is done with peppery scorn

Evergreen guilt is plumped

Like that of botoxed red lips

The red apple core of shame

Feeling dishonoured, unwanted

Not belonging to the surrounds

Cries of the child made to feel bad

One’s abilities are stolen

Shaming, sinks and shrinks the soul

Trapping it in the bowels of brown

Smothered by the old and used

Make the time to keep others close.
Make the time to keep others close. | Source

Invisible space I hold now

Between daggers drawn and grief

To vindicate one’s worth upfront

Irrigate a spray of red wrath

To feel distressed is too painful

To think one could be of real weight

Is a drink of loss guzzled

Flood in caring and nurturing

Give yourself opportunities

Poppy seeds off families sprout

Skilful benevolence heals shame

Red heart beats of lovableness

Stalwart support stands solidly

Call upon the chartreuse Shamrock

To bless the four Winds of Change

Stirring in friends and lovers

Marriages, churches, gangs and cults

Make the time to keep others close

You won’t feel bad about yourself

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      Threekeys 4 months ago from Australia

      Yes I believe can inherit the shame of your ancestors.

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      Tamara Moore 4 months ago

      Very thought-provoking and well written article! I think that shame can cause a lot of various behaviors. Sometimes we can be made to feel shame that is not necessarily ours to carry.

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      Threekeys 4 months ago from Australia

      I am glad you found this poem interesting Gypsy Rose. Thank you for your gracious comment.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most creative and colorful poetry.

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      Threekeys 4 months ago from Australia

      Hi eric, good to hear from you. From what little I have gathered, you give in so many other ways, and that's all anyone could ever ask.

      I'm happy you enjoyed my exploration of that silent mouse, shame.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Charmaine this is really good. Shame is so interesting. I have a funny spot of shame from not providing more for my family. You drew me in here.

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      Threekeys 4 months ago from Australia

      Thankyou Debangee for stopping by and commenting.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 4 months ago from India

      Very well written. The different shades of shame have been beautifully described here . Wonderful!

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      Threekeys 4 months ago from Australia

      Hello Jodah.I am happy that you saw shame in her variations.I initially wanted to explore vulnerability but shame and the awkwardness around her, drew me in.

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, what a deep and intricate verse describing all the many shares of shame. I was drawn in by this and will have to read it over and over to take it all in. Well done, ThreeKeys.