Poets logo

Selfless Selfish

by Thavien Yliaster 5 months ago in inspirational
Report Story

You can only give what you have

Selfless Selfish
Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

Care for oneself

Means to put yourself first

Not trying to give to get

'Cause people can sense the thirst

Sometimes when you're by yourself, you know it has to hurt

To heal your wounds with bandages, prioritize yourself first


For you to be selfless

You have to be selfish

But not closed tight like a watertight shellfish

A cupped hand into which love can be poured

Not a closed-fist, clinging onto its horde

If you're afraid of being left behind, you'll never let go

The longer you hold on the less you will grow

It's difficult because it's out your control

You can't confine it to your boundaries, the pressure's the flow


Every person should learn to say "No"

To establish your boundaries of what you control

Don't start conflating

This with ego-inflating

Since to love yourself and others you have to protest

Against poor treatment that you surely detest

It's not a mechanism to use for defense

People will test you, to see your pretense


Some people are helpless, they need others to stay

Few people lack courtesy, keep them at bay

When you're being used, a toy just for their play

You have the right to use, the power to walk away


External validation is something upon which you should not be reliant

Saying "No" to poor treatment is to what you should be defiant

Don't force other people into your desired compliance

You have to love all parts of yourself, you're your own alliance


You have to learn to give yourself permission

You deserve to give yourself your own ear to listen

You deserve to do what's best, use your intuition

You don't have to fight for others' time, give yourself attention.


Don't just look in the mirror for some simple recognition

Improve your self-worth, you're your own competition

You can build yourself up, don't be your own demolition

Treat yourself right right now, get rid of that inhibition


We all wish to be blessed

To be removed from our stress

Yet the hardest thought

Is that we can only give what we got

If to give more is what we do wish

To become selfless we have to be selfish


About the author

Thavien Yliaster

Thank You for stopping by. Please, make yourself comfortable. I'm a novice poet, fiction writer, and dream journalist.



Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights


There are no comments for this story

Be the first to respond and start the conversation.

Sign in to comment

    Find us on social media

    Miscellaneous links

    • Explore
    • Contact
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • Support

    © 2022 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.