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Everyone Knows Better: Only One Knows Best

J.S. Park

 

When you’re about to make a tough decision:
everyone else will have a vision for your life.

Your parents, who love you but are living through you.
Your best friend, who has selfish motives and secret agendas.
Your other friends, who don’t think about you during the day.  
The culture, which aims at your wallet.  
Some pop song, written by a guy in a 3000 dollar chair.  
A movie, which holds you in a spell like a drunken stupor.  
Even you, who can so easily deceive yourself with promises you keep breaking.

Don’t trust it.  Don’t trust some articulate well-spun wisdom.  Don’t trust that blogger.  Don’t trust me.  They might say good things, when it’s really dressed-up advice made to sound good so you would call them wise, and they’re not even following it themselves.

There is only One Voice who knows you better than…

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Monster

I do not say the right things,

And I have accidentally mastered

The art of awkward silences,

But I am not your monster

 

I cry, I sulk and weep, and grumble and swear,

There are even times

I could honestly say

“I hate you”

But I am not your monster

 

Do not bind me

Or burden me

With the millstones

Of my shortcomings

I am not perfect

I am not the all-knowing sage

or

The all-conquering warrior

I am scared

I am lonely

I am miserable

but

I am not your monster …

 

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Artwork by Toby Allen

 

© Text copyright by Patricia Acevedo 2013