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Growing Bold: A Poem About Growing up and Being Brave Enough to Be Yourself

Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


Introduction to My Poem

This poem has been under wraps for about six months now. There was no particular reason except for I had no time to post here until today. If truth be told, I still have no time, however, I needed to decompress from much stress that has been visiting my life lately. Poetry has always helped with my anxiety feelings of wanting to pull my hair out or slit my wrists. Yes, I am one of those poet types (giggles).

As I said, the words to this poem have been sitting in a tablet for months. I scribbled it out a while back. It's raw. I have no time to go through the dialogue of it and make adjustments. So, I hope it will send favor to the other poets that may read it or by chance, stoke some aspiring ones to dabble with the idea of writing some poetry themselves.

The pictures are of Marie Antoinette as a young girl, lady, and woman. She seemed to fit well with my image of this poem.


Growing Bold

This is me; thick as stone

Hot blooded over frail


You may look and

Tailor me any way you


I will decipher through

Your negative whispers…

I have a life. I had a life.

My body told my story

Once and then twice…repeat.

A skinny child – that I was,

With beauty bones of protrude.

No appetite for being a me nor a you.

Later, a mom and a fading

Daisy. I was rebirthing into

A juicy lady.

It is when I recognized more

Than ever the new negative

Spins on simple pleasures…

They have tarnished a virtue

And brought a horrible time.

A definition of vanity misdefined.

But digress if you must

And circumfuse with this

World of fake and sorry

Points of view…


A Quote Which Has Always Been Debated "Let Them Eat Cake."

"Let Them Eat Cake"?

© 2018 Missy Smith


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 16, 2018:

A well-painted portrait of a life that seems self-directed and satisfied. Sounds to me like a de-stresser. Well done!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 16, 2018:

Welcome back Missy! And thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. As always, it is beautifully expressed and reflects your state of mind.

Aren’t writers blessed, that they can express their feelings and feel better to do so. I believe that Writing is a therapy. Sometimes I write about the matters, which I can’t share with others, which upsets or disturbs me, in my personal diary, and surprisingly feel relaxed.

Thanks for sharing this excellent poem, the classic pictures and the video.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on November 15, 2018:

Enjoyed your narrative poem. Introduction helped.

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 15, 2018:

Writing is definitely a gift, Lori. I'm glad I got a little spot in my day to post a little poem.

Yes, coming here is a great escape that I've needed for a while. It is always hard to get my flow going again though. I'm always worried when I come back to write the things I really like to write, that I've buried myself in the work part of writing other places so much that I will begin to dislike the process. I hope that never happens. :)

Lori Colbo from United States on November 14, 2018:

Aw Missy, when I saw your name on my notifications my heart skipped a beat and I came right here. Your poem is powerful. Isn't writing a gift? Such a wonderful venue to express ourselves. I always appreciate your rawness, your honesty, and your trust in us to hold what you share close to our hearts. I've been in the raw darkness myself. We have different stories, I'm sure, but pain, anxiety, depression, and trauma are part of my journey. Sending hugs and prayers. Good to hear from you again.

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 14, 2018:

Joan Jett singing my poem? Well, that's all the compliment I need. I love JJ. Thanks, Ioannis!

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 14, 2018:

So nice of you, Venkat. And, of course, many blessings to you through this holiday season. :)

Missy Smith (author) from Florida on November 14, 2018:

Thank you, John. I see so many new faces here. I kind of feel lost now. I'm still crunched for time, but I hope I can find more time to write a little here soon.

I see the hubbie awards are being voted for. Unfortunately, I'm too lost here to vote this year. Although, I'm pretty sure you will prevail with one. My fingers are crossed. Good Luck! :)

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 14, 2018:

My dear Missy, I don't know why, but while I was reading your poem, my mind made the image of Joan Jett singing it in a hard rock tune! Ha! Ha!

I loved it! It's a powerful poem! I am glad you are back and thank you for sharing.

I wish you the best way out of the stress!


Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on November 14, 2018:

The poem is quite appealing and conveying the moods and the state of the mind quite deeply. Very glad that you came up with this post. My best wishes and blessings to you in advance of this holiday season.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 14, 2018:

Good to have you back writing at HubPages, Missy. You have been missed. I enjoyed this poem.

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