Tug of War



According to her internal judge

she was never up to par,

even when crossing the finish line first

accomplishment slid off her skin. Always

gripping, holding on for acceptance.

Yet perplexed separation pained her days.

She wanted belonging

and never wanted to fit in

knew it would change her.

A part broken off to float away irretrievable.

No one else stayed after class to console the bullied teacher.

It never occurred to her not to.

She saw those faces on the fringe,

secretly knowing she was an outlier as well.

She let go of the kinship rope

not to lose herself.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017

Photo credit to Pixabay – Alberto Barco Figari


8 thoughts on “Tug of War

  1. I loved this one! I like the idea of letting go of the need for acceptance in order to stay true to ourselves. Some of us were born to be on the fringes, and that’s a good thing.

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  2. Those internal judges are the most severe and harsh. These contradictions are so familiar. I wonder if we can all relate in some way to them? Do we all do this to some degree, in some manner, in our lives?

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