Early childhood development
quite a daunting predicament,
Surrounded and protected by
adults – My sentinels elected,
No young minds to play with
or close friends to stay with –
My eyes observed the culture
of the era – Music blasting from
Abba and the eternal love from
a loving adopted mamma.
Early school days a nervous affair,
Comparing my lightly coloured curly
hair – Surveying my surroundings
with a nervous stare – Even my voice
was not always clear, hiding my insecure
fragile veneer – Bullies mocked sniggered
and sneered, exposing emotions most feared.
Teenage moments brought conflicting
components – Identity crises became my
inflicting nemesis – What to say how to
speak when to speak, calming my inner
freak – My forced smile masking my daily
inner grime – My inner clock sounding an
ominous constant chime.
I wore my expected social cloak – The daily drown of me –
For I am clown…
© Don Beukes
Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”
Foreword . . .
How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.
It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.
Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.
Donna J. Sanders, Author
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