Reality Check

You were placed on the planet 
to write rhymes
but to many times 
people tried to fit you
in between their lines  
Their prefect pairings
not caring or wanting to be fair or kind
They couldn’t possibly see you
They were bonafide blind
not understanding you
unable to peek into your multifaceted mind

You say “Darkness and Negativity”
But you are starting off in the right place
praying on your knees
No, not needing the societal disease
Who cares if it’s man you please
Only God has the answers
He holds all the keys
He gave us the birds and the bees
and lets us build our houses
out of his trees
Change is coming
I can feel it cold blowing 
on the breeze
Maybe God will show us
what He sees

I know sometimes 
That mirror feels cracked and broken
The image you see is frozen
Words stuck on the other side of the glass
your reflection has never spoken
When you stare into those eyes
You wonder
What things will be discovered
as your spirit is awoken
Get on the love yourself train
God’s blessed you with a token

Don’t worry, I think all of us 
feel incomplete 
doing the life sad shuffle
just off a bit by a half beat
yet we get off our asses and repeat
Nothing ever got done
spending to much time in a seat
Get moving guy
bring out those happy feet
You’ve got things to do 
and people to meet
Put words down on paper
Take all those thoughts
the good, bad, bold and beautiful 
flow-fully fill up that stark white sheet

Like yours “my reality”
is imbedded within my insanity
sometimes I’m the victim
of my own voracious vanity
I think I need to go it alone
While needing something
to fill up this heart cavity
Sometimes I feel like floating far far away
yet I can’t escape emotional gravity
My loneliness is my own preferred prison
I am my own worst enemy
Is this a strange self fulfilling prophecy
Do I need to be separate from society
If so why do I want people to look and see
To read the essence that resides in me
It’s only when I write that I totally feel free
I guess in the end I’m who I am born to be!

Inspired by Christen Foster’s “My Reality” piece.
Join me in welcoming a new poet to our family.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 5/18/2018 12:20:00 PM
Powerful stuff!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/20/2018 10:13:00 AM
Thanks Yazmin.
Date: 5/17/2018 12:39:00 PM
WoW! Richard, You got inspired to write a well written piece. I saw myself in most of your lines. You are an amazing poet/ human being and I for one never tire of your incredible pen. Ps, I will go check out the amazing poet who inspired such a write:-) Alexis
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 12:55:00 PM
Wow, if I could favourite a comment this one would rate high. Thanks for the ego boost. You are sweet.
Date: 5/17/2018 10:28:00 AM
Yes! were born to be many things...but a poet first and foremost. Life is a journey of roses and thorns and we poets are compelled to write of it. Elaine
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 11:43:00 AM
You are kind, thanks Elaine.
Date: 5/16/2018 10:45:00 PM
I like this Richard :) Such a good flow, and so true of many writers...I think some of us have to be sad souls to let emotions flow onto paper so well as this piece...and yes, God is the bigger picture :) Have a good one :)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 8:33:00 AM
Thanks, myself I have experienced sadness but would say I am far from a sad soul. As writers we can put ourselves in any state of mind. Thanks for your visit.
Date: 5/16/2018 9:30:00 PM
A great, thought provoking narrative, Richard! I love how you bring God unto the picture as you write about loneliness.I identified with many of the emotions, so excellently expressed! God bless :)
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 8:34:00 AM
Blessing to you too Laura.
Date: 5/16/2018 2:20:00 PM
An excellent meditative poem, Richard. There is no escaping who we are! I have often heard it said: no man is an island. Regards // paul
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 8:37:00 AM
Thanks Paul:0)
Date: 5/16/2018 1:06:00 PM
Great write Richard, indeed we are all our worst enemies. Very powerful...Welcome, Christen Foster!
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 8:45:00 AM
Thanks Charles.
Date: 5/16/2018 10:07:00 AM
Beautiful... I'm glad to call you friend. Those last three lines sum it up for me. Good to read you. I'm so busy. Trying to get my grades in. Dad and step-mom come tomorrow to celebrate my birthday with me. I'll never stop reading you..
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 8:47:00 AM
That’s great that you are spending your birthday with family. I’m thrilled my mom is here to celebrate her birthday with us.
Date: 5/16/2018 9:57:00 AM
Wow, a powerful well written narrative Richard. I'm my own worst enemy, how true is that. Tom.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/17/2018 8:55:00 AM
Thanks Tom.
Date: 5/16/2018 9:48:00 AM
The beginning stanza, a person has to own it before they can hone it. Every poetry book I've ever read stated "to make sure you're carving your own road". We have to write with dark and light images. They help one another shine at maximum potential. If you put 2 lights together, the brighter one will extinguish the one with less lumens. They have to coexist... In my opinion. What makes this piece so impactful is the connection to insanity. It proves we're in the same race; confused w/o a clue.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 5/16/2018 9:53:00 AM
Thanks Keif, let’s keep adding to those lumens.