Poem: Lean Upon Myself – 08/09/20

For too long, I’ve leaned,
I’ve learned to rest my
weight on others,
for opinions, advice,
ears to hear,

I haven’t trusted my intuition,
it’s been absent,
muted, or hidden,
only my express interest
for support and confirmation
could be seen.

Fierce independence: nil,
where went that courageous
go-getter who would
present to the world, with utter thrill?

I need to alter my practices,
build myself as though a fortress,
strength internally and externally,
power to stand proud and true.

I understand to do so
is to step away from the
comfort of others,
build myself independently,
and to know that in doing so
it may be difficult,

but in the end,
the benefits will outweigh
the monumental initial differences,
the discomfort in beginning
will pale in comparison to the future feelings
of growth and personal victory.

© 2020 Lauren M. Hancock. All rights reserved.
Photo by Andriyko Podilnyk on Unsplash

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