Stay True to You

by | 12 Jan 2015 | Change

As I’ve been wrestling with moments of overwhelm interspersed with more peaceful reflection, I felt moved to express myself a little differently this week away from my usual prose.

It feels risky, because I don’t claim to be a poet, or know anything of poetry – but hey, it’s all part of me learning to worry less about the judgement or criticism of others!

Stay True

“Faster, faster, wider, higher, more, more!” they urge
“You must, you should, you ought” the admonishing cry
The things you must know, should do, must have, ought to be to win the glittering prize, ever just out of reach.
“Look what we’ve done, achieved, overcome”, their desperate boast, “the best is yet to come.”
“Have you not done similar? Are you not the same?”
The contemptuous accusation swelling the shameful fear – am I enough?

In confusion I stay cowering small
Doubting, lost.
Until inside, when still
I feel the truth
Warm, strong, amused and sure

“No. Slower, yet slower,
Deeper and rich;
Less will feed and nourish you more.”
My Soul’s reassuring voice

Stand tall, don’t heed the clamour,
The relentless noise;
Step aside, still the mind.

Choose to be, to feel, to see
Each sublime


Shame and fear
Melting in the warmth of compassion.
I know my worth,
And trusting self, can stand sure
And true.




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