Humility.

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Not a good look, not good at all,

You can’t be this good and then proceed to not be subtle about it.

No, you can’t. Not at the same time.

It’s disrespectful.

 

You can’t bear the inner strength of a Bonsai 

And let towering oaks see the result of your hard work.

Because to them, it can’t be. Oh no, no. It can’t be.

Don’t you understand?

The oaks don’t know how to do, what you do, yet.

So you can’t do it.

Not yet.

 

Like the magic school bus, they expect me to wait.

Googly eyes fiendishly seeking their guidance.

I don’t deny the genie granting you a wish,

But they failed to mention

That I’m completely omitted from the equation.

Face it. You’re no Ms Frizzle stranger, just a duplicate trying to pitch a tent

Forge a path past your skinner box and work on your self.

 

‘Cause try as you might, I won’t accept blame for your imperfections.

Given a chance, I would relocate the Bolivian flats and use them as a mirror

Reflect your sinister expression back at you on a gargantuan scale;

Maybe seeing how desperate you look would dissuade you

From further attempts at withering my flame.

 

  – O.D. ©2019

 

Art by: JoeyJazz

 

My humility does not come at the cost of making you feel comfortable. Only in knowing I’ll never stop learning from the world and others.

And yes, growing up I looooved The Magic School Bus

7 Replies to “Humility.”

  1. “‘Cause try as you might, I won’t accept blame for your imperfections.

    Given a chance, I would relocate the Bolivian flats and use them as a mirror

    Reflect your sinister expression back at you on a gargantuan scale;”

    These lines are written with such intricate finesse and meaning. The imagery of the Bolivian flats amazes me.

    This piece of yours is morally uplifting and being written in a satirical tone to those who bring people down (if my interpretation really seems to equate with your thoughts, perhaps). It makes me feel that this poetry is a poetry of self-worth and accentuates a vital thought that a person’s humility does not symbolize the comfort of his ill-wishers.

    Humility is a feeling that you own for yourself and not others. A brilliant idea with well crafted and stunning language.

    Enigma 🙂

    1. Enigma to the rescue 🙂 thank you my friend! We should not let anyone wither our flame. Finally delivered on that analysis I promised on your post, my interpretation may be off but it was fun doing it none the less. 🙂

      1. Truly, we should not! I owe my deep gratitude to you for reading through my work and taking your time out to deliver the analysis. The interpretation was not at all off in fact, your ideas over my piece in someway did connect with the central idea and the message I planned to give out to my readers.

        Thank you!

        Enigma 🙂 ❤

  2. I am inclined to agree with Aristotle that true humility consists in claiming no more — nor any less — than is one’s “due”. Than is true about oneself.

    If someone is made to feel uncomfortable by my claiming for myself what it is my right to claim — that’s more their problem than mine.

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