Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.
Pride and dignity are often used as synonymous concepts, but ever since I made my path a (non-religiously) spiritual one, I see them as two separate things.
So, pride could be what we are feeling about some achievement, and it could also be just an ego's defense mechanism compensating for insecurity.
Dignity, on the other hand, is a basic sense of self-worth, without any particular reasons attached to it. Unlike ego's pride, which keeps measuring its worth only in relation to the worth of others around, dignity does not involve competitiveness. It's just there, as a feeling good in one's own skin.
It's for that feeling that we don't allow others to walk all over us, to impose their will on us, to patronize us, and in any other way suggestively manipulate us. We might say that dignity is a side effect of our being spiritual, because the more conscious we are, the more dignified we feel, being beyond the games of personal importance and status in the herd.
With this theme in mind I composed the following three pieces from my soul's library of rhymes. In one way or the other they are touching our dignity and its place in our free soul.
It's only when you take responsibility for your life that you discover how powerful you truly are.
-- Allanah Hunt
God, Is Freedom My Deadly Sin?
I never invited myself in this world
conceived by others' passion blast
for months unconscious and curled
before slapped for first cry -- not last.
They didn't like me the way I was born
so soon I was remodeled by their sample
with a frequent ridicule and a tactless scorn
chances to stay myself were not really ample.
Then everyone else came like in stampede
to instill into me what life would be about
teachers, politicians planting their seed
making sure there would be a sprout.
So what was really my sin after all
was it that almost ruthless liberation
with marching into life instead of a crawl
listening to my own mind without hesitation.
Maybe that's why I gave up on god
tired of authorities and silly preaching
accepting my sinfulness, imperfect, flawed
just forever to be guided by my own teaching.
Inner guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to listen.
-- Vernon Howard
Don't Turn Your Back on Guardian Angel
Don't ever forsake the whisper of your inner guide
the one that's ignited by the spark of life in you
'cause it may forever go into irreversible hide
to leave you on your own and without cue.
With no one to guide you out of the life's mazes
every door you see is like an entrance for you
surrounded by company of hopeless crazies
you may miss signposts that are just few.
Without a guardian angel, that gut feeling
you are just at mercy of every crazy whim
passions making everything appealing
suspicions painting so much as grim.
Thus don't turn your back on your inner friend
devote some of the time to its gentle leading
it may turn out best time you could spend
that inner wisdom is truly worth heeding.
It is possible to continue turning the other cheek when one has stopped counting.
-- Matshona Dhliwayo
Never Turn the Other Cheek
I never turned the other cheek
for that second proverbial slap
even while I was little 'n weak
I didn't fall for any of that crap.
So many people endure abuse
as if they are asking for more
not aware they could choose
what's behind a bigger door.
Be it family, a friend, or a sweetheart
no one is really worthy of that sacrifice
so let's be observant, savvy and smart
before turning as losers in our own eyes.
Life's too short for some matching test
other than a possible short probation
but if it's not really serving us best
why allow it to grow into fixation.
Sometimes we fall for a promised change
giving second and third chance to that love
only to see it going more and more strange
while we fall for every new song of our dove.
Thus, the only time I may turn the other cheek
if a kiss is coming hotter than the first one
that's the "abuse" I'll endure, so to speak
not thinking to either fight or to run.
© 2021 Val Karas
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 02, 2021:
My favorite of these three poems was "Don't Turn Your Back on Your Guardian Angel." We are all molded to some extent by what we are taught, but we should also listen to our inner voice or guardian angel to keep us on the right path.