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why can't i?

why can't i?
-baby smith

a voice is speaking to me deep inside, saying,
“why can’t i just be,
why can’t i just be?”

why can’t i stop wondering what people think,
whether i’m too fat,
too thin,
too short,
too small?

why can’t i just relax and let things flow..
shed my fears and let things go?

why do i worry about what i earn,
whether i have kids,
if i’m married, single,
or have too much to learn?

why can’t i just be?
why can’t i just be?

why can’t i stop thinking of things in the past,
move forward..
bring myself to live exactly where i am, at last?

why can’t i just be?
why can’t i just be?

will this voice never stop?
will i never be calm?
will i ever see what is before me, right here, just now..
not question or second guess or simply freak out?

why can’t i just finish this thought?
why can’t i..


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 3rd, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
amen to that. similar matters have been on my mind lately. thanks for sharing your words.
May. 3rd, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
May. 3rd, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
because you are human, my dear.

i so relate to this, and I always come back to that same answer.

May. 3rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
guess i was having one of those 'calgon take me away so i can just live in a cave, but i don't know how to hunt and i wouldn't have running water and that would drive me battier than living in the real world' kind of moments..

May. 3rd, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
why can't i ?
I feel one or more of these things every single day. I think that other people worry about what is happening with my life more than than I do. The media is to blame about how we should look, feel, dress, love and how much money we should make. We gauge our success by others, not by our own wants and needs. What is success? Finding the prefect mate? Time? Money? Fame? Health? Society needs for me to be like them, but I am not them, I am me.

Randel Plowman
May. 3rd, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: why can't i ?
wonderfully put..

(i'll have a book ready for you within the week, btw)
May. 3rd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
i ditto the amen...
{is it ok to ditto amens?!}

you are not alone...

♥ ♥ ♥
May. 3rd, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
ditto away!!!
thanks for the heart action..
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May. 3rd, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
ooOH....what a well deserved treat of a retreat!!!!
happy birthday!!!
May. 5th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
This is a voice that is planted in our (female) heads since long ago. It is how men and society are able to keep us in our place and control what we do. Have you ever heard a (straight) man ask "Does this make me look fat?" while donning their boots, jeans and wifebeaters? Any thoughts? I do hope you write a book of poetry soon, you are as good with the art of words as you are with the pieces of art you create. love, pammy
May. 5th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Re: pammy
very good points indeed..

although i think there are a lot of pressures in the world (for both men and women), my greatest stumbling block is my own damn self.

and thanks for the compliment about my writing...it sort of just fell out, like some of my artwork??? maybe i'll include it in my next book (probably a collage book)

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