Just stay safe

We are alive and we learn,
Nothing has ended yet,
Our pains might be difficult,
But struggle is a sign of life.

If you need a stranger to listen,
To problems you can’t tell your friend,
I’m here, I’ll listen,
But let me do the same with my poems.

We might be islands separated by seas,
But we have bridges and ears,
We suffer and we push through,
We are not alone and we are loved.

We are not invisible,
But our struggles might go unnoticed,
So we reach out,
To faraway ears.

We are not alone,
We are in pain but we are alive,
There is tomorrow when you reach out,
Talk to a friend or stranger.

Sometimes we need protection,
Not from external injuries,
Sometimes for emotional pain,
Often, from our own selves.

I am alive and I changed

They say people are like reflections,
The emotions you show and feel,
The smile, the anger, the sadness,
It can be reflected back to you.

I assume that this is your reason,
Why you expect me to smile as you wish,
So you could be happy as I seem,
Even when I feel empty within.

You tell me you know me,
You say you knew that my smiles are true,
You say we’ve been happy,
And your choices are for “us”

The truth as you see right now,
Is but a fraction of me,
Because when I am unhappy and anxious,
You refuse to believe I can be.

You tell me I am your beacon,
In the night that is your life.
I am not digital, I can’t stay the same,
The things you wish for are too selfish.

It takes effort

There’s this cycle we were brought up to,
Taught in school,
Taught at home,
Get up with the sun, and be no bother,
Sleep when you’re tired,
Or sleep when you’re told.

Like clockwork we rise,
Like gears we fit into place,
Moving when moved and stopping when stopped,
We’ve been at this for ages,
Nothing changed but time and place.

If you fit and you roll,
Just as the others have intended,
Remind yourself not to fall,
For the pattern that is easy.
We are not gears,
We are not manufactured.
We’re alive.
We are individuals.
We are different.
Prove it.
Work on it.
We can change…
We can grow.