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Trapped in norm; respectable realms.

British politeness; strictly reserved.

Bound never to venture into reality;

Concealed within cages of weather.

When will we learn? What will it take

To crash and break out of this prison

To dare to bare the soul, to be real –

Not dramatic, nor robotic, but alive…

I crave this freedom to wonder, to talk

Of meaningful concepts, real ideas:

Struggles, fears, joys, sorrows, loves,

Paradoxes, complexities, unknowns.

Could it change society? Change me?

Without challenge there is no growth.

Current structures ooze despair;

Chained by lies, guilt and false smiles

What is weather? Is there a metaphor

Or acceptable segway into reality?

Or must I provoke that shocked look

At every unprovoked venture of life?

What is conversation worth at all

If it cannot be spent on lasting value?

What am I, if not permitted to express

Anything of myself, my mind, my life?

Perhaps folks are more comfortable

To be themselves only in strict circles

Intimate friendships, long invested.

Then why do we ask ‘how are you’…?!

So many other cultures talk openly

Without fearing weather’s revenge

Long conversations, blunt and frank

Wholly real, with complete strangers.

I crave this openness, this way of life;

Untethered by British respectability

Unafraid of the surprised expressions

Willing to speak truth, to question all.


Written March 2018 (by Kat Gibson).

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