Outside the Square

English: Cube

English: Cube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been living outside the square
Pretending to fit in
All the pieces of my life so practised
Though the lies are tissue thin
I hover above my words and actions
An inner critique
You would not like this if you knew it
Too unique

I never belonged to the square
I’m stretched, obtuse
I wear clothes and makeup hiding
Deeper truths
I’m an actor in my life
Whittling away the days
Because if I show my true face now
You’re lost in my maze

I’ve been living outside the square
I’d like to fit in
But to do that would be to kill me
So I can’t begin

© Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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23 Responses to Outside the Square

  1. i’m chafing from trying to fit thru the square,
    love your wordplay 🙂

  2. How true is this of life Helen, its like we all wear our mask for beneath it we fear others may not like,the real you, but in reality that is all we have, and when we find that real youu, most people will be ok with it, some may even love you.

    • Thanks Michael – yes, probably one ears too much about one’s true self and so forth…this is primarily about me at work I think, rather than me in the creative world! 🙂 🙂

  3. ioniamartin says:

    I love them all, but this is one of my favourites. I never want to see you get boxed. I like your outside the cube thinking and writing:)

  4. oh how I love this from idea through its perfect execution

  5. I really resonate with that last stanza, brilliant work

  6. Skye says:

    Excellent, Sis!! Yes, the mask we wear, and oh how we want to fit in. Perfection!

  7. May be the best thing to do is to not fit in… and remain an out of the ordinary being.
    I find myself stuck midways… 🙂
    Thought-provoking write… Great job!

  8. dreamwriterx says:

    Hi Helen! : )
    I’d just like to say that your poetry is so awesome and it never ceases to amaze me.
    This one especially resonates deep within me.
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work and keep at it!


  9. emiliadaffodil says:

    Love that piece. I don’t fit in. When I was at school I tried to fit in half heartedly and it never worked. I remained lonely and miserable. Now I don’t try to fit in. I try to stand out. I’m happier. It’s hard wearing a mask all the time. It drains you until you’re not sure who you are any more. I have worked very hard to discover who I really am. It’s better that way.

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