Why Things Burn

Poem By Daphne Gottlieb

I'm not that citizen,
Representing how or who does what to get done.
I am not that citizen,
To prove my outlook is the right one.
I'm not that citizen,
Wishing a perfect life to live.
Or have it found what I choose to be effective.
No!
I'm not that citizen,
Quick to play the role model.
I am not that citizen,
Praising those I've never met to know.
I'm not that citizen,
Without seen flaws or blemishes.
Or live my life pretentious with this to give.

Sometimes I cuss.
And fuss.
Smoke and joke.
And I might find fault as I please,
Just to pass judgement on other folks.
I may take a nip to then nap after tea.
And when my feathers get picked to pluck,
I'm not one to turn a cheek.

No!
I'm not that citizen,
Quick to play the role model.
I am not that citizen,
Praising those I've never met to know.
I'm not that citizen,
Without seen flaws or blemishes.
Or live my life pretentious with this to give.

I will cuss.
And fuss.
Smoke to nip to nap after tea.
Or call somebody another name,
If it pleases me.
And I care less about social etiquette,
To sell it sold to have believed...
A political correctness I follow to feed endlessly.
No!
I'm not that citizen,
Corrupted to live as a must.
No.
I'm not that citizen,
To accept those I distrust.
Or forgive to fit in with 'Christians'.
Who say things they don't mean or believe.

Comments about Why Things Burn

I think we all have our own standards which we live by and are comfortable with..Sometimes when we are the smartest in the room, or strongest, handsomest, etc etc..There is a certain weight that comes with that, simply cause people criticize, and scrutinize the things which they are not nor never will be...I love this poem and the message I took from it was..I'm gonna live my life on my terms...and if you like what you see, cool...BUT..that does not mean I'm to be emulated...


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