Jump the Fence

You fear you’re substandard
and you are,
’cause the standard’s artificial
and you aren’t.

Real shoots beyond
the best, jumping fences
we’ve erected, scaling
lines in the sand.

So when you miss
their mark,
catch the creative spark
they call failure.

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11 thoughts on “Jump the Fence

    1. Kijo

      I know. I tried to be the best, according to someone else’s standard. I was asking both too much and too little of myself. I read this book called The Soul’s Code (Hillman, Jung, Plato) that reckons we are living out a pattern encoded in us. “Growing down,” fleshing out the idea that we are, is the work of a lifetime— harder than following human yardsticks, because you won’t get social validation for it, but easier because it’s being yourself. So when people say “be yourself,” it sounds like some nonsense, but it is a challenge, an act of character, a calling.

      I took it to a whole other level. But that’s just me, being myself.

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  1. A good advice. I tried hard to jump fences, stole creative sparks from the sacred fire of poetry, but it was not enough: my muse was a corrupt bitch… What can you do when you can not trust the gods anymore ? 🙂

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    1. Kijo

      “my muse was a corrupt bitch… What can you do when you can not trust the gods anymore?”

      That was a deliciously dense paragraph. But, are we not the muses of the gods?

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      1. Sight11

        I laughed so hard on these lines.. Real shoot beyond the best.. Mixed with the upper stanza it looked like.. You know what it looked like..

        Like

      2. Kijo

        I was thinking of how we judge people as if they were made in a factory, whereas it is the standard by which we judge people that’s made in the thought-factory of closed minds. : )

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