Writing Prompt Response
For quite some time I didn’t know who I was.
Who I am…
Who am I in modern day society?
Much of society operates from a moral compass, but even then I think we must stay mindful that morality can be individual, cultural, and of course as we abide by governing laws (or not), there are some things that are not too much of an option.
What Would I Change About Modern Society?
A ton. But let me participate in this prompt as best I can. In my own way.
The Weight of Expectations
Stepping out into this big ole world not really firm in my sense of self, I felt the weight of societal expectations.
I can’t see myself
left to find my place in this space
but wait –
What is now expected of me?
switch my outward look
paint a pretty picture
I don’t look like what I’ve been through.
Oh no my sexuality is shameful ?
My quirk makes me a jerk my emotions too much?
My transparency too much to label
me as one of the norm.
Too driven to be stagnant
not fitting the expectations to guarantee a space
among the greats?
(This may look fancy but it’s a Dollar Tree plate.)
Oh, but what makes them great?
I’m too opinionated.
Too giving, not selfish enough
in a world full of stigma lacking reciprocity
finding authenticity is tough.
Out for self?
It’s a dog eat dog world
I keep telling y’all that I’m a cat.
But I ought to be a little more selective
with these boundaries, never mind that.
Society has enough to worry about:
sorrow and struggle
push and pull
exhausting, this economy
leadership leading us
in and out of delusion.
Don’t push me!
the expectations can
reinforce survival mode in
clean water craves
but I long to be positive. I must remain positive.
Compassion worn like fashion
only going as far as is trending
I don’t like trends!
“Take a picture, record me helping you. Post. Send.”
Despite the weight of the expectations of society
I decided that I don’t want to blend in.
And that’s all I’ve got for this writing prompt. Thanks for reading!!!
This prompt reminds me of another poem that I wrote. Check out “Personality & Identity in Society.” As is always the case with my writing, it’s a tad deep.
Jusjess Poetry – Writing My Way Into My Destiny
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