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Speak up

When you take a stand and say what you choose,
Without hesitation, or being confused,
Not holding a fear of what others may say,
But to say what you mean in every way,
It liberates your soul, by setting you free,
No longer a prisoner of insecurity,
But a teacher to others who sometimes hold back,
By seeing in you the strength that they lack,
Releases their fears and doubts that they hold,
And helps them now see its ok to speak bold,
Just do it with dignity, kindness and love,
Give all of your fears to our friends up above,
Don’t compromise yourself to collude with the rest,
Speak truth in your words and remain at your best,
If others don’t like the control that they lack,
Because of your strength to speak truth and talk back,
Let that be their issue, don’t lose who you are,
Keep making that stand and you’re sure to go far.
We all have the right to express our beliefs,
Our ideas, opinions, happiness and grief,
But we must allow others to do just the same,
Respect them and their wishes without drama and pain.
To allow them to shame you or belittle your voice,
Says “its ok I don’t mind” like you don’t have a choice,
And the more you keep quiet, the more they control,
Giving up who YOU are so that THEY can feel whole.
It just doesn’t make sense to allow this to be,
I'm no better then you, but your no better then me.
So keep trying hard to find that strength deep within,
And Let old habits go, so new ones can begin.
 

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  1. Date: 1/11/2012 8:57:00 PM
    Teri, may I ask which country you are from? Inquisitive mind...

    Hopkins Avatar Teri Hopkins
    Date: 1/12/2012 2:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi suzanne, im from england. a small little country village called wewlyn garden city. ;0) xxx
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 7:11:00 PM
    Wow! I am very impressed here on your message and the flow of this poem. You are so right. We must not let others take control of who we are....and sometimes in this society...they are after our soul...to find that strength deep within..wow! I love this inspiring read. It's a winner and a masterpiece. I wish I had a photocopier right now so I could read this before making the stand! Million thx for sharing. You are the best! I feel like new right now! It will help me solve something I've meanlt to do a few weeks ago. Million thx!

    Hopkins Avatar Teri Hopkins
    Date: 1/12/2012 2:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ahhh!! what a great comment! thank you so so so much for taking the time out to read, and comment! very very much appreciated suzanne! all the very best with you. you can find out more about me on my websites at - www.womantowomancounselling.co.uk. and- www.spiritandi.co.uk. xxx
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 12:52:00 PM
    Hi Teri.-Such good advice written cleverly and with genuine appeal.I enjoyed your commonsense approach with thought for the self yet also respecting the rights of other's.Thank you for this enlightening piece.I would like to add it to my favourites so that I can refer to it when necessary and if I may, share it with others Love June(sylvia)

    Hopkins Avatar Teri Hopkins
    Date: 1/11/2012 1:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you ever so much June for your kind words and comments! Much appreciated!... Feel free to add it to your favourites. Thanks again and all the best x
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 9:26:00 AM
    Well written....Congrats!

    Hopkins Avatar Teri Hopkins
    Date: 1/11/2012 1:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you chrishanna! All the best x
  1. Date: 1/11/2012 6:36:00 AM
    Well said, enjoyed this Teri, congratulations. Elizabeth

    Hopkins Avatar Teri Hopkins
    Date: 1/11/2012 1:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank Elizabeth for the comment! Much appreciated. All the best x
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 10:26:00 AM
    Congratulations on the week`s Teri!! :) oxox love from Anne-Lise

    Hopkins Avatar Teri Hopkins
    Date: 1/9/2012 10:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Anne-Lise!.. Your kind words are very much appreciated! All the best X
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 8:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Teri. I wish you the best in 2012 with your writing. Love, Carol

    Hopkins Avatar Teri Hopkins
    Date: 1/9/2012 10:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you ever so much Carole!.. Am very proud to have it featured!... All the best with you. X