They Won’t Let You Breathe, a poem



What can you do when
the problem is,
you are seen
as part of the problem.
Even though your hands
hold warmth,
not steel –
you wield no weapon.
Your eyes see beauty
beyond the lines
of backyard fences
beyond the
miles and miles that span
and though many
never understand,
they walk away
assured –
they’ve got you pegged
they know your soul
It is never easy
to wear the skin
that others wish
to drape across your back
when you know –
that is not me
it is not me
but your voice
has been harshly silenced
and they have
turned their backs.
How often,
do you find yourself
lost in your own thoughts,
alone in a world
of your own imagination
because the world
that you live in
just won’t let you breathe.

© Sumyanna 2016


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6 Comments Add yours

  1. 7128788elf says:

    Hi Sumyana, another cracker of a poem, and yes it is easy to be doing the correct thing for who you are and what you are and where you are, and yet to be castigated from many angles for being “the problem”. It is easy in this complex world to get to feel the steel, and be on the wrong side eg. the side that does not include monopoly, using and abusing. Strange that it is difficult for so many people to see and understand that.. I think this is a brilliant poem that deserves a lot of exposure, so will reblog and share it.Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sumyanna says:

      Thank you – so glad you liked it. Life, I have learned, is never easy. You have to learn to be your own strength, no matter what anyone else says, sees, or thinks. So very thankful for you sharing this!

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      1. 7128788elf says:

        It was a pleasure, it already has a few likes.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Serendipitous Web Life. : ) says:

    Poignantly beautiful! : )

    Liked by 1 person

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