May 28th, 2017

Shaman - Horse

Poem - Backwards Living

“Backwards Living” was written against the prompt “How things used to be” and Danielle LaPorte’s quote, “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”. My poem considers that people also discover who they are as they move forward, with the past a partial lie laid down by the world.

Backwards Living

I’d like to think I live backwards
first the world had its way
stating who I should be
before I learned my own truth
memory is not required
to look back from where I came
where the media displayed the norm
(so it said, self-assured).

Normative was the chant
just two flavors, this or that
simple enough for the group
yet there I was, an alien
Heinlein held the Stranger up
I did not come from Mars
yet I seemed to walk his path
learning my identity.

Aid arrived at my bubble
so long pegged in the usual
shifted to the alternate
always there, out of sight
there I learned I was routine
within the scope of my being
who I am is a boon
backwards living, forward found.

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