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Pride before a fall


By Paul StewartPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
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before a fall

a fall


the humbling of a man

a man's very being

value and worth

brought into question

his soul revealed

his heart aches with humility

stops short of seeing him as anything

mortal and sinful, wretched flesh

clinging to a skeletal structure

in which weakness and strength battle

in a war between self-belief and egotism

in which good and bad are on the same axis

a man should have humbling pride

in what he is worth


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Author's Notes: This works in reverse! This was a "never had time to fit it in for the Inverse challenge". Felt a waste not publishing it.

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About the Creator

Paul Stewart

Scottish-Italian poet/writer from Glasgow.

Overflowing in English language torture and word abuse.

"Every man has a sane spot somewhere" R.L Stevenson

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  • Lindsay Sfara3 months ago

    So true. Be confident, but watch your ego. Beautiful capture of the journey, Paul!

  • Hannah Moore3 months ago

    Well done! How nice it would be to balance humility and pride just right.

  • Idogho Oghale3 months ago

    Pride leads to humility. Your poem captures this journey vividly. Thanks for sharing!

  • John Cox3 months ago

    Wow, Paul! You really plum the depths in this whichever way you read it. The struggle between recognizing our own dignity without surrendering to over preening pride. I especially loved the line in which good and bad are on the same axis. It feels right to me.

  • I'm so sorry this didn't make it into the challenge 🥺 It worked so well both ways! Very Paulitical! 🍩🥐

  • An exception to this would be the stunt man or woman. They're proud of the fall they just took. Love the poem, either way I read it.

  • JBaz3 months ago

    I really enjoyed the inverse. Humility is being truly honest with one’s self. Not easy

  • D.K. Shepard3 months ago

    Really superb! Humility hurts and is hard but brings beautiful clarity. This is an excellent poem and works well as an inverse!

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