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Walk Tall

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Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.

Introduction

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.

Freedom Is So Much More than an Absence of Slavery. It's a Sheer Joy and Force of Beingness, Unrelated to the Others.-- Val Karas

Freedom Is So Much More than an Absence of Slavery. It's a Sheer Joy and Force of Beingness, Unrelated to the Others.-- Val Karas

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.

There Is a Divine Voice in Us Guiding Us in Life's Ups and Downs -- If We Are Just Willing to Listen to It.-- Val Karas

There Is a Divine Voice in Us Guiding Us in Life's Ups and Downs -- If We Are Just Willing to Listen to It.-- Val Karas

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.

We Don't Owe to Anyone to Be as They Are, to Do as They Do, and to Sacrifice  Our Peace of Mind for Anyone.-- Val Karas

We Don't Owe to Anyone to Be as They Are, to Do as They Do, and to Sacrifice Our Peace of Mind for Anyone.-- Val Karas

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

Comments

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.

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