Poem: My Morning Show – 30/06/20

Every morning is the same for me,
I rise, I pad, I create hot water that I stain 
black with bitterness,
a substance that does please.
I open my laptop, 
attend to the various avenues,
hoping, wishing, waiting,
for the stats to reveal certain clues.
Is it bad to hope for the 'views'?
Is it bad to desire more 'likes'?
As someone who creates, I feed off the sensation
that my work has some effect upon other people's lives.
But views without likes,
now that’s an interesting notion,
they make my heart sink slightly,
but I shan’t allow any sense of
or weighty rumination,
to permit these existence
would be unwise,
something unwarranted,
better to learn from 
whichever mistake was performed
and for my next creation
strive for something 
more appealing and perfected.
There is no shame in understanding
that occasionally one shall err 
and one will fail
at being the effervescent, welcoming being
that appeals to most,

but then again, some enjoyed the darker side of me,
my prior pain, the rapid rise, 
the subsequent self-imposed suffering,

they empathised with these moments,
perhaps because they proved that 
humankind can fall,
from my delicate mantelpiece
I had fled, took my leave before them all.
I suppose it’s better to vary what I show of myself,
a slow striptease? 
I'll undress myself to reveal not my skin, 
not my muscles, 
not my bones,
but my inner strength,
the quiet fortitude that lives within me,
to reveal the true nature of myself,
why, this is what I hope others will wish for 
and quietly desire to read. 

© 2020 Lauren M. Hancock. All rights reserved. 
Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay

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  1. We can all feel vulnerable before a share, but especially after a share. It all hinges on the fact another accepts us. To get a gratifying like is a privilege and not a right. So it is a moment of gratitude when they are received. Posting public content can be risky, but that’s the fun of it. You try and see if others appreciate, like your revealed self. The funny truth could be, did they like it and just not say anything 🙂

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    1. It can be a tightrope walk at times. It’s hard to read other’s minds or reactions face to face, let alone online but I am appreciative for all my readers and love when they return or appreciate what I’ve written, and I am grateful for the time they spend in looking at my efforts. It really does mean so much.


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