“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde
Are you the person you inherited from your parents
or the one you bequeath to your children?
Did you have to break the mirror]
[open fresh eyes?
Your heart is not shattered,
though sometimes it feels that way.
The cells of your body are separate
but collaborative and reciprocal.
Your sight is lighted
by the ground of being, but . . .
the question remains
Caught between the generations,
their different cultures,
Their expectations are at odds
and the older made promises
the younger could never keep
[ever with you,
Your spiritual tectonics shifting
© 2013 poem (revised 2018), Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT
Who are you? How have you grown from your original programing? What have you found worthy and held onto? What have you had to modify or let go of? Have your children fulfilled the promises your parents made? Has family history fulfilled its promise? Maybe there were some delightful surprises. Maybe there was a lot of dysfunction. How were you changed? Tells us with your poetry.
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Deadline: Monday, July 9 at 8 p.m. PDT.
Anyone may take part Wednesday Writing Prompt, no matter the status of your career: novice, emerging or pro. It’s about exercising the poetic muscle, sharing your work, and getting to know other poets who might be new to you. This is a discerning nonjudgemental place to connect.
Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. Currently I run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded. I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers.
My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s Porch, Vita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation Press, The Bar None Group, Salamander Cove, Second Light, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Meta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman.
My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”