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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..


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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