It’s been a long time since I have sat down and tried to write a poem, although I used to write them a lot when I was younger. I had the spur of the moment idea to write a poem completely off the top of my head, right now, with no preparation…just for fun and to see what comes of it. Not sure if it’s going to be any good or not, but it was just an idea I had. So here goes nothing!
30 minutes-by Sharon Hughes
I’ve got 30 minutes to write this rhyme,
If I go over then I’m out of time,
Doesn’t seem enough to express my thoughts,
But then again maybe it’s too much time.
It takes one minute to show an expression on your face,
Only takes one minute for it to be erased.
Which emotion will I show to the world today?
If I show the wrong one, will you walk away?
Cause I seem to be too absorbed with the way you see me,
I seem to care too much about the way I’m viewed,
Perception’s different for each person,
I can never be 100% of the same day to day
One person can see my face and think I’m mad
While the other one sees happiness and I may be sad,
It’s hard to convey my feelings just by my outer appearance,
You can’t judge a book by its cover, there’s no adherence
To what rules must I follow? what side should I cling to?
I can’t just always be what you want me to
What I am is not a feeling, not a positive or negative
reaction or expression, not a facial movement
that I can put on or take off however it suits you,
I can’t fit a mold that makes everyone happy,
I can’t be here and there and everywhere
What you want from me is an impossibility.
Now I’m down to half the time I started with,
Still haven’t begun to tell you fully
How I’m tired of always trying to fit in
In this world I live in,
It seems to be something I can never get away from.
I want to go back and tell the younger me
That it’s OK to cry,
There’s nothing wrong with being you,
You’re perfect just the way you are,
Don’t waste your time trying to be
Something that you’re not,
The popular crowd’s not worth your time,
You’ll never fit in there cause you’re meant for something more.
You’re MORE than what they can conceive of,
There’s just too dumb to truly see
The one they see’s not really me,
The girl inside’s everything they’ll never
I’ve got 5 minutes left to tell my tale,
Running out of time but I’m still here,
I’ve got to show the world I’ve got what it takes,
I’m not like you, I can’t be fake,
So look at my face and take whatever you choose,
Happy, sad, mad or angry, use me for your muse,
Or however you will, it’s all fine by me,
Cause in the end the only one I need to please is me.
30 minutes I started with,
Now it’s over and done,
But my journey has just begun.
All I know is that what everyone else thinks
Is not what I must focus on
All I want for me is what I’m meant to