Let’s Make A Change

(WPC: The SunShine )

“Let me tell you something: no one is going to look at you, broken and shattered 
and think -
damn, you are beautiful.
No one is going to come pick up your broken pieces off the floor and
 assemble them into a beautiful whole.

Hell,
 you won’t even look at yourself and think – 
I made broken look beautiful.

You know why?

Because all those writers lied to you.

Yes, 
all those with their poems of scraped knuckles and 
blood dripping down chins, 
pomegranate songs and loves that ripped through you like 
hurricanes.

Liars.

So you and I, 
we are going to make a plan.

You are not going to romanticize days when your brain tells you to smash that mirror,
You are not going to romanticize the lover who doesn’t understand you 
but still writes about you.

Here is what you are going to romanticize instead:
You are going to romanticize the first day of spring,
Its gentle hands all over your body,
Lifting you up until you are as light as a feather.

You are going to romanticize the tea and honey kind of love,
No hurricanes, 
but sunshine that builds you up from within,
That helps you make it through the worst days.

You are going to romanticize gentle hands of a friend 
in yours,
Telling you that it is going to be okay.

Because it is.

And don’t trust poets, 
we’re no good,
 we love pretending that our jagged edges tantamount to a beautiful disaster, but in reality – 
there isn’t nothing beautiful about shaky hands holding a cigarette and 
empty eyes staring at the cracks in the walls.

You know what is beautiful, instead?

The days when you can look at yourself in the mirror and smile, 
scars and all.
Music that makes your soul flow like a river, 
books that offer comfort, 
families flocking together like overgrown birds to keep you safe and warm,
 friends that give you strength when you can find none, 
lovers who make you laugh through tears.

Baby, 
from now on 
you are going to romanticize healing;
Honey dripping down your fingertips,
August nights that stick to your skin, the day you find your purpose, 
long car rides and singing so loud that no one can shut you up now.

Bad news: 
no one is coming to save you.

Good news: 
you can save yourself.”
– Lana Rafaela (via wnq-writers.tumblr.com)

( Daily Prompt: Millions )

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65 thoughts on “Let’s Make A Change

  1. Akhiz says:

    aha now that what I call nailing it on the head, simply beautiful. A conversation I might do with myself in front of a mirror. Reality check is very necessary in life, keeps you focused and alert. (I think Walter White has the same conversation with himself… lol ).

    An excellent piece of writing Zee 🙂

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    • Zee says:

      This is just how world works, one day one person or another will disappoint you. So as you said “at least it should start from you” , thanks for reading and your comment Alok 🙂

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    • Zee says:

      It’s not saying not to romanticise love and the idea of love, but the kind of love that heals and is kind. Not the kind that destroys you, or the kind of love we see in movies and poetry that is far from reality and we ending up losing ourselves chasing the same thing.
      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts with me Aruna. Your visits are appreciated !☺️

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  2. katiemiafrederick says:

    Yes.. i love to do ‘that’.. Zee..
    today in my yard..
    in fAct.. very
    recently.. less
    than an hour ago..
    i was outside reading
    this as i always come in
    with ten fingers to write
    a SonG back to what muses
    me in life in terms of fingers
    dancing across
    Digital
    keyboard
    of HeARt.. and
    a shadow under the
    fence caught my eYes
    without prescription sHades..
    i saw the melting snow left in the
    year of ’72.. and the strange depression
    at seeing a clear azure sky with ever green
    leaves sTiLL in February then.. to contrast life
    in all its glory.. but the problem was and is snow
    is rare here as Dark can be without struggles of liFe
    that see the blood
    and guts
    of survive
    my friEnd..
    and sure those with
    blood and guts.. want
    support to kNow and FeeL
    that otHeRs share that pain..
    and sure..THeRE is more want
    of pleasure that feels and senses these
    days than numb as less than pain.. Emotions
    are what moves uS dArk and liGht as Muse of HUman..
    celebrate the liGht and respect the dARk i FeeL to see
    kNoW sEnse..
    aLL
    of
    God
    and noT
    jUST pARt..
    of God’s HEart..
    it’s worth noting
    aGain.. that HE
    is only
    40%
    of
    HeART mY FriEnd..
    and both are worth
    celebrating in divine
    he and divine art aS oNE
    FoRce of GoD aLLonE..:)

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  3. trentpmcd says:

    That’s very beautiful! However, seeing it in quotes with a name at the end I assume it was written by someone else. No matter, you could have said it. Sometimes it is best to romanticize the mundane stones that can be stacked for a higher view than the fancy gossamer wings that promise flight only to leave us to crash to earth at the most inopportune times.

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  4. TheOriginalPhoenix says:

    Glad to say I’ve realized this myself a few years back, but this is still a very important message for those who haven’t yet discovered this for themselves. Nobody is going to fix you for you but yourself. You have to be your first lover in a sense before others will love you. Because nobody loves someone who hats him or her self.

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  5. Erika Kind says:

    Wow, Zee! Yes, it doesn’t help to listen and talk things nice when they aren’t. Stand up and take responsibility for your life, for yourself. Be angry when you are and enjoy all things that feel good to you. Don’t be the slave of people who don’t appreciate you!

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    • Zee says:

      That’s so well said Erika. Don’t be slave of the way people make you feel. Sometimes truth is harsh and it isn’t as decorated but it’s a necessity to hear it once in a while. To get a reality check and get your head back in place. Thanks for reading 💕

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