When Who You Are, is Not Enough…



I have wallpapered my soul

In the hopes that you

Would find me pleasant

I have tattooed

A permanent smile

And pierced my eyes wide

To beg your acceptance,

But I wear my wounds

I wear my wounds

And no matter how much I try

To retrace these scars

This is who I am.

You cannot divide me up

Part and parcel

And pick that

Which makes you pleased

You cannot deftly cut out

The heart of me

To keep my engaging smile

Or sever

My lilting laugh

When that is what you need.

And I guess I never expected

That I just wasn’t

Good enough –

All of me.

So I bleed

And I cry

And I pick myself up

All the worse for wear,

But I will keep on trying

To find sincerity –

I guess that is just

Who I am,

Because I never

Gave myself a reason

To change who you choose to be

I never looked for a reason

To criticize.


© Sumyanna 2017


Submitted for The Daily Post Prompt: criticize

Wonderful image courtesy of Pixabay.com


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jerry Peri says:

    Beautiful poem!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you very much!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jerry Peri says:

    Reblogged this on Jerri Perri.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. caitlyn says:

    This is really good…great job!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This reiterates the complexity and truth that, somethings just aren’t meant to be. But when you find those that are, you’ll know it, because they’ll show you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      So true. It is a struggle to learn and relearn this.


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