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You Are Not An Anonymuncule

A little inspiration for you all.

By Paul StewartPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 3 min read
Top Story - February 2023
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Let me out, let me out

I want to scream and shout

"What if the world is not ready?

What if the world feels unsteady?"

That's the risk we have to take

That's the risk we must take

"Well okay, but what if people judge?

What if people don't want to budge?"

Whether people judge, budge or stuff their faces with fudge is not the issue here

Whether people moan, groan and verbally stone us, the problem is always fear

"I am afraid.

That my words won't meet the grade or appeal

I am afraid.

That they will read and hate my random spiel"

That's a risk, I am not going to lie

There's always a chance, but, try

"Why bother trying if I could get hurt; if their words will be harmful and curt?"

Because to live, try and fail is to live well, but to live, and not try, is to fail to live

Right now, you feel your words don't matter to anyone, that they will be the source of ridicule

Right now, your words could matter to someone, anyone, even though you feel you're an anonymuncule

Even if it's a funny little rhyme you have to tell or another bloody haiku about water in a well

Water in a well

Brings refreshment to many

Crystal clear liquid

"Did you just drop a random haiku to make a point? Do you think that random haiku proves anything?"

Well, did it make you smile a little? Admit it, it did. A little smile is always better than nothing.

"You've got that right, it did make my mouth smile bright."

Well, why hold back whatever you've got to say? Why deny the world your unique form of wordplay?

Unless you're writing a dear John, to someone called Joan, and telling them and the world you're going it alone

"I think I will skirt past that bit, I don't want to even think about anyone being that shit"

Good, I agree! You see, words are powerful and have meaning, they can be uplifting and encouraging, but also demeaning

When you use your words carefully, whether it's delivering hard truths or offering beautiful word-based proofs

Words have strong power

Other's negativity doesn't matter

Roll away your anxieties

Decide to face your realities

Stand up tall and take a deep breath

Hold your head up high

And don't worry about the reply

Value the opportunity you have to express yourself

Empty your heart, your experience is better than wealth

People may like what you say, people might hate it

Only way to find out, though, is to do it and not quit

Weary though the mere idea may make you think or feel

Each one of us has value, words can help people heal

Reach into your soul, and let the words take control


Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. I have a hundred and one (not literally, but nearly) other ideas I could be working on but suddenly had a spark of inspiration.

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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

The Accidental Poet - Poetry Collection is now available!


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  • Celia in Underland6 months ago

    So pissed off I missed this one-Great top story and powerful message. On here I feel very stupid a very lot,so it was a hopeful uplift! Brilliantly done 🤍

  • Darkos7 months ago

    This is a great One! Congratulations on Topstory!

  • Linda Rivenbark7 months ago

    This is phenomenal! I enjoyed every word and line of it. We all need encouragement to go ahead, be brave, and put our work out there. Your poem is a great encouragement to me and all writers. Thanks!

  • Aaaargh!!!!!!! I Love LOVE love this!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not laughed for this long in soooooo long!!! As soon as I hit this line Whether people judge, budge or stuff their faces with fudge is not the issue here You had me in proper laughter. Such witty, well written and uplifting writing with a great message at the backbone! So much joy reading this Paul, thanks!!!!

  • Joelle E🌙9 months ago

    I love the final lines. Well-written and meaningful as always 😊

  • Donna Fox (HKB)10 months ago

    This was a great piece by you Paul! I loved it! I felt inspired and you even got a smile out of me at some point! I loved the words of encouragement you had within this! the narrative you portrayed felt like someone having a dialogue within their mind. Or someone having a silent argument with themselves! It was both comical and heartwarming and very relatable! Great work Paul!

  • Roy Stevens11 months ago

    Did you win the argument? Yes, I think so. That was fun and clever. I enjoyed being a fly on your wall for a little while!

  • Kristen Balyeat11 months ago

    Somehow I missed this one!!! I have SO MUCH reading to catch up on! I love this so much- such a beautiful and important message! So happy you wrote this- it totally brought a smile to my face and was truly empowering!

  • L.C. Schäfer11 months ago

    This is great, can't believe I am only just seeing this. "Judge, budge, or stuff their face with fudge" - I'm keeping that!

  • ARC12 months ago

    yes and yes and YES! Every line of this is Truth. Thank you for writing this, Paul. Many people can benefit from reading it.

  • Tiffany Gordon about a year ago

    You're on fire Paul! Awesome work! You're gifted!

  • Quincy.Vabout a year ago

    nice article, waiting for your another :)

  • Swede1972about a year ago

    So true and so we'll written. Thanks for sharing.

  • Veronica Coldironabout a year ago

    This is an awesome piece! I caught myself grinning the whole time! :)

  • John Sonmezabout a year ago

    Hello everyone. https://vocal.media/01/tips-for-becoming-a-bold-speaker

  • Jess Boyesabout a year ago

    I loved this so much! Truly wonderful 🙂

  • Aemilia MAabout a year ago

    Your text is so uplifting ! That’s my first day on this platform; i’ve been greeted well. Thank you :)

  • Kendall Defoe about a year ago

    Why do I like this so much? ;)

  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Wonderful!!! Left some love!!!

  • Gerald Holmesabout a year ago

    This is truth! Words are so important. Loved it. Well done.

  • Caroline Janeabout a year ago

    Smiling from ear to ear. Love this poem and its sentiment. Great job! ❤

  • Tiffany Gordon about a year ago

    Beautifully said! Congrats on your Top Story Paul!

  • Holly Pheniabout a year ago

    This is beautiful and relatable! Great writing, Congrats Paul!

  • Agree on Words have power👍💯❤️❗💬😉

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