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Updated on July 18, 2010

A dirge lamenting the selling out of self to others in the quest to seek their approval, to be accepted, to be like them, when joining them is ...


... creating an unauthentic self identity.


As you peer through their window

Your own house burns down.


You’re somewhere else and something else

Peering through their window.


It’s so pretty through their window

That you can stand their draft for now,

Like someday they’ll warm up to you.

They’re the ice to your home fires burning.


You’re going bust trading your leather for their veneer.

And you’re zoning in because it’s only their voices you hear.



They are your chosen few, your chosen peers.


Why do you want to trade your leather for veneer?


As you peer through their window,

Your own house burns down.


What about your own house; what about your own house; what about your own house; what about your own house; what about your own house?


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    • surfeitt profile image

      surfeitt 7 years ago

      Wow thanks for the up-building feedback N.E., you totally get it. I'm going to check your stuff out too.

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N.E. Wright 7 years ago from Bronx, NY


      Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep!!!

      I just kept thinking keeping up with the Joneses. You do not know how they pay for what they have, but you must have it. You WANT it, but you are going into ruin, because you do not have the money for it, but you need to keep up with the Joneses.

      This poem -- to use one of my favorite lines from Aliens -- is "... absolutely bad ass!" LOL.

      Thanks so much for sharing.

      I cannot wait to read your other works.


      P.S. I shared your poem with my other followers.

      Take Care, N.E.

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      Nikki Wicked 7 years ago from Louisiana

      hmm different. i liked it.