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“Filthy Vermin” 🪳

“To Squash or not to Squash your Goombas?”..

By Grz ColmPublished 3 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - April 2024
“Filthy Vermin” 🪳
Photo by Erik Karits on Unsplash

Quick Note: this free verse is a little about self-doubt, the things that sometimes bring us down and learning how to break the dis-identification from the mind - I.e taken from Eckhart Tolle’s books.

“You are not your mind -

You are not your thoughts” -

Someone had to remind me of this,

As we are all so much more than

These limiting constructs!

Those stories created by our minds, mean very little

in the grand scheme of things.

I am not a filthy vermin even it it feels like it at times!

We are not even a lump of human flesh -

(Even if it might feel that way on occasion too!)

We’re expansive, all connected —————

— tied together with our similar energies/personalities,

our collective consciousness, our perceived imperfections &

Our overriding connection with source and our planet.

* *

Why, I must ask, do we sometimes feel the compulsive need

To tear ourselves down?!

Is it, because we’ve been torn down by others before?

Or do we think we are fundamentally a bad egg?

Trust me, no one is perfect - even if they try to convince you otherwise,

Listen to the silence,

not the ‘sounds’ - that amount to far less.

Silence is where the answers are - where real peace can be found -

If you just know how to listen…

Resign your control of others’ thoughts,

Focus on you and don’t allow others to dictate our identitities.

Squash those hurtful words from neigh-sayers & sweep these up to be disposed of

“You are not your mind -

You are not your thoughts”.

If, effectively, we are all connected,

then others’ ridicule (in the past or present)

Is a reflection of their own perceived faults & deficiencies.

So, be your own best-friend (a friend Rick - [hi Rick 👋] recently told me)

Something TBH I’ve frequently forgotten how to be,

But self-care & self-love is how (it is said)

One can take their power back!

Adapt to a total and complete acceptance of what is, right NOW,

Rather than trying to fight it (it doesn’t work..)

I miss my best-friend -

Maybe you do too - and we’ve forgotten how

To traverse the divide between our true spirits and our bodies.

Be grateful for what you have and reclaim your power,

Your zest for life, your.. friendliness with yourself.

Take YOUR POWER back!

Focus on your breath & the here right now,

Be a light for others too in order to help raise yours,

There’s far too much darkness in our world,

To stay trapped in its recesses for such a long duration!

Be a light for your neighbours, friends and family.

What’s just one thing I can do today to improve my life or that of another?

Ward off those demonic forces, no matter how tempting & perversely

it feels resigning oneself to the darkness.

Rise up

Chin up

Reach out!

And in the words of the Prophet Super Mario:

“Heeeere I gooooooooooo!!!”


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Comments (29)

  • C. Rommial Butler14 days ago

    Well-wrought! There's no pluckier chap than Mario to set a good example of how to overcome adversity! I've played through a lot of the games with my kids, taking turns trading off "Levels and Lives" like I was a kid again myself! As I've said elsewhere, we mustn't confuse strength with power. Strength controls itself. Power seeks to control others. But these are just words. You, and Mario, know what I mean! Write on!

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    This was very raw and heartfelt and truly inspirational. I hope you can see from all the comments just how much your voice is valued and means something to this community. I'm sorry you've been struggling so much. One of my loved ones has been very overwhelmed with anxiety and we are finally getting them to a better place. Thank you for sharing these wonderful words, my friend. And congrats on TS :)

  • Andrea Corwin 2 months ago

    Ohm🧘‍♀️meditation, calm, 🌈

  • Oksana Z.2 months ago

    The Super Mario being the prophet brought a biiiiiig smile 😁 thank you for the share and wisdoms.

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    I love the drawing from super mario there! Self compassion is a skill we really ought to find easier!

  • Gina C.2 months ago

    This is such an important message, Grz, and you worded it wonderfully! This is definitely deserving of a Top Story! 🤗❤️

  • Kelsey Clarey3 months ago

    Thank you for the great reminder!

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Back to say congrats on a brilliant Top Story, pal!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby3 months ago

    This would be something I needed to hear as a rambunctious teenager lol, I really love the mantra of not being your mind or thoughts, clever and truly hopeful in a positive light

  • Esala Gunathilake3 months ago

    Congratulations on the top story.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Brenton F3 months ago

    ...Fundamentally a bad egg? - "I am not my yolk, i am not my albumen"! A highly thought provoking piece that demands several re-reads. Congrats Grz!

  • Leslie Writes3 months ago

    Congrats on the TS! 💖

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    Been telling you that from day one we met. Introvert that you are. It has been a while and you came back swinging for sure. Just embrace the deep thinker that you are and know that it is a good thing, just project into positivity. Congrats.

  • Ameer Bibi3 months ago

    Congratulations 🎉🎉 for top story very impressive and well deserved story

  • So glad this made top story. Very important and well composed message

  • Sandra Tena Cole3 months ago

    This is amazing! Thank you for the uplift! xx

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    This should be played over a speaking during a meditation session. Wonderful words!

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    I love this. Sometimes I'm not happy with some of my thoughts. I think, wow, did I really just think that? You don't have complete control over your brain. It throw you curve balls.

  • Heyyyyy G! I was soooo happy to see your name in my notifications! Your poem was extremely powerful and profound. Be your own best friend. That's so so true! Because in the end, we only have ourselves. Never lose faith. Loved your poem. Sending you lots of love and hugs ❤️

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    I feel better already. You always know the right words to say in these self-help poems. Triple thanks for sharing!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)3 months ago

    That last line... I can hear it my mind sooo well!! Love that lighthearted ending to a poem that felt like a great reminder to be kind to yourself and show mercy in the eyes of your own critique! Great piece Grz!!

  • Leslie Writes3 months ago

    💖 wonderful message

  • Tiffany Gordon 3 months ago

    ❤ it! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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