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Backwards Compatibility

Updated on November 3, 2017
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Rhymes of all kinds is what you will find, if you come by for a visit. Some are funny and a few are sad, but many will make you wildly glad!

True Colors -Cyndi Lauper

Backwards Compatibility


I am a backwards

person

in practically

everything I do;

What seems

like the ‘right thing’ for me,

probably looks completely

wrong to you.


I would rather

finish last,

than to come in

at a miserable first-place;

And, I enjoy putting

makeup on my feet,

while completely

ignoring my sock-covered face.


I prefer

a tiny room,

than a large,

mansion-style house;

And, I am much

happier wearing

pajamas to a formal dinner,

than my finely-pressed blouse.


I am a backwards

person

in practically

everything I do;

On my feet, I wear a hat,

and on top of my head,

I wear a patent-

leather shoe.


I like to end my day

in the beginning,

And, begin my day

at the end;

When I am supposed to

drive on a straight road,

it is then that

I must make my own bend.


When I am stopped

by a police officer,

I smile because

it does so make my day!

Yet, when I get

an award of any kind,

the depression

is difficult to keep at bay.


People do not

understand me,

so they judge

what they know not;

Bullying makes them feel better

about their own weaknesses;

so, I guess

they must have a lot.


I am a backwards

person

in practically

everything I do;

I know because everyone

tells me so,

but I think their ‘forward ways’

are very backwards, too.

~

Backwards Compatibility


Backwards Compatibility

© 2017 Tamara Yancosky Moore

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 3 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Kashif Ali Abbas,

      You words are so kind to me. I appreciate your comment immensely. It brings me happiness:-)

      Thank you!

      Tamara xxx

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      Kashif Ali Abbas 3 weeks ago from Pakistan

      Superb read, well done.

      The simple diction plays such an awesome role in this "backward" poem- you played on the word Backward. very genuine!

      As Keats would have said," A thing of beauty is joy forever." That is what I am in my heart about this poem, just a peace of beauty! Keep Writing

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 3 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Thank you, Flourish. Yes, self-Awareness also helps us to be sensitive to others, and to tolerate differences, and embrace them :-)

      Hugs xxx

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 3 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Bella,

      Thank you so much for such kind words :-) And, it is so lovely to see you, again. Your words are wise and beautiful, and such a benefit to have included in this post.

      I will stop by soon to check out your blog, as well. I do look forward to this!

      Hugs and Love,

      Tamara xxx

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      Isabella Allred 3 weeks ago from Texas

      Aw this was wonderful Tamara! The relationship between you and those who are different than you can be a fickle one indeed. It can be especially grueling to be ridiculed so constantly by someone who doesn't understand you. The world could use a few more people who embrace differences and have the compassion to put themselves in others' shoes.

      -Much love,

      Bella A. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

      To be self-aware is a marvelous thing. Many people are not.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 4 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      And thank you, Chitrangada, for your very wise words of encouragement! It means a lot to me :-)

      Hug xxx

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting and honest expressions!

      It’s not always easy to be different. One needs to be mentally strong for this. Something like ‘swimming against the tide.’

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem!

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 4 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Wow; thank you, Dora. I sort of thought about this as I wrote it. I appreciate your insight very much :-)

      There is a Bible verse that talks about Not Being Able To Please Everyone No Matter What We Do... this is so true!

      But, our true friends accept our quirkiness, and even enjoy our uniqueness. However, some are threatened by what they perceive as “different”, and might even lash out. It’s the more primal, and basic human condition, unfortunately.

      Tamara xxx

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      Dora Weithers 4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Tamara, you describe a person who is undeniably in control--an accolade many would like to have. Good read!

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 4 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Hari,

      You are kind :-) Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

      I like being who I am, and others enjoy being around me, especially in person. But, I tend to be an introvert, and shy away from others (in person); they do not always understand why I shy away.

      Tamara xxx

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 4 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      TSOF,

      Your comment, in itself, is poetic and lovely. Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Tamara xxx

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      Hari Prasad S 4 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Tamara. It is ok to be that way. A great revelation though.

      - hari

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      The Stages Of ME 4 weeks ago

      Tamara

      Beautiful poem, sad but, truthful. I am sure many relate to the upside down and backwards presentation of our world. My guess is the perception of others is likely never even close to the true beauty within each of us. Very thought provoking poem.