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Loss of Identity

His accusing words make me feel like a small child

I cower and retreat as a dog scolded

My strong facade fades away

I have not earned the right to parade around as a proud peacock

Rather, I show my true face1a timid field mouse on constant guard of the hawk

I ask, where does my courage retreat to when his angry words appear?

Why do I lose my proud feathers?

What is the matter with me? Where does my strength go?

I hide behind false faces and media accepted icons

Truthfully, I am weak and a coward

I am angry I lack strength to hold my head high and proud

I am fearing rather than fearless, kneeling rather than towering

Empty and hollow, less than equal; second rate, the pretender and false; 

Untrue to myself-a liar and a fake

A disappointment to everyone I ever aspired to make proud, loser and follower


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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 8:49:00 AM

    Whoa! Poignant write this! Nice choice of theme - Loss of identity is daunting and yet it affects so many people. Societal expectations often tend to win in the shaping of beliefs and norms. Very well written Renay!
  1. Date: 10/5/2012 5:00:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer you today Renay. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Hoping you find even more inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Love, Carol

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