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A mood for the day

By Hannah MoorePublished about a month ago 1 min read

Today I’ll hold my head up high,

Shrug off my hooded cape,

Step boldy forward, exposed, raw wounds,

Not fearing mouths agape.

In truth it is not shock I fear,

Disgust, or hate, or mirth,

Its passing by, that head held high,

And feeling only dearth

Of anyone who turns their gaze,

Of anyone who sees me,

Its knowing I’m not thought about,

A wraith forgotten quickly.

My stride today is wide and quick,

My spine is straight and strong,

Mind and body shrugging off,

The sense I don’t belong.

I tell myself, and try to listen

“Don’t let those thoughts define you,

To thyself be true, and know inside,

You’re worth love, you have value.”

I know that I must hold this torch,

I know it should not matter,

And on this day, I’ll kick my heels,

And watch the self-doubts scatter.

But if you see me sway or stumble,

If you witness me here at all,

Don’t be afraid to meet my eye,

For its together we grow tall.


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  • Joe O’Connor9 days ago

    Loved reading this Hannah 👏 The hooded cape line links so well with your flower of choice, and I particularly liked “A wraith forgotten quickly.” as a turn of phrase. Thought-provoking, and a call to arms for a positive mindset.

  • Sweileh 88815 days ago

    Interesting and delicious content. Keep posting more

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Aw...been there, felt that...regularly feel it. I love how you made it universal at the end and almos an invite to connect. Just...beautiful stuff really. Made me smile and almost...a little teary...but I hope you know...most people feel the same at times...it doesn't mean it's true (damn...fucking therapy seeping out there lol) but anyway, yes, this is just great writing, just honest, unapologetic...inspiring and actually does a lot to undo and correct any negative thoughts you may have about yourself. You have value not just because you can write so eloquently and raw at the same time, but because I always sense that you are the type of person who tries...tries to be one of the good ones...genuine, thoughtful...etc. Worthwhile. Anyway, rambling a lot. We have clouds today. lol.

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  • D.K. Shepardabout a month ago

    The last three lines really delivered a strong close to an introspective yet relatable piece! Nicely done, Hannah!

  • Pamela Walsh-Holteabout a month ago

    I absolutely love this!

  • Kenny Pennabout a month ago

    Beautiful! A very inspiring poem, Hannah, so good!

  • Caroline Cravenabout a month ago

    This has a feel of John Donne to it. I love it. Really uplifting and powerful.

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Bold, honest and highly inspirational! A great read.

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    I would say this is top notched. Congratulations.

  • Manisha Dhalaniabout a month ago

    This was rather empowering. Amazing poem!

  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Ah, those days of discontent, doubt and all around asking of questions seeking answers from the universe. We all have them. Yep. We shrug them off and carry on. So very well said H. and with a lovely royal color.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Inspirational in spite of or perhaps because of self-doubt wandering in. Always helpful to have company along the journey! Love "together we grow".

  • John Coxabout a month ago

    Believing in and loving ourselves are both the greatest of gifts and the hardest. I loved the honesty and courage of your voice in this poem, Hannah. I felt it deeply.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    This was so optimistic and uplifting! So beautifully written!

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