gladdecease: (reading is gr9)
You say
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I say

to feel inferior is to feel
or just

to feel that I have a lower value than you
that I am nothing when compared to you

and you say I consented to this

you say I wanted this?

people do not ask if it's okay
before crushing your self-esteem under their heel
telling you how little value it holds
how little value you hold

and no one confirms that you want it
before they tear you down
pin you to the wall
and rip you apart

and your body
and your brain
when they internalize that pain
do not get permission from your heart first

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent?

whether you consent or not has no effect
if someone wants you to feel inferior
you will feel inferior

what you can control
is how much it shows
and how long it lasts
and if the feeling grows
gladdecease: (Default)
I'm in a creative writing class this semester. I signed up for it thinking I could use the criticism to better shape the short stories I'm already writing, to improve upon the structure and form, even if I don't intend on more professional applications.

But half of the coursework is poetry.

I'm not good with poems. I don't really understand how they work.

Well, no, that's a lie. If you're working within a rule-bound structure, with rhyme scheme and fixed rhythms, then I guess I understand that (though I'm not any good at it). I don't understand how freeform poems work.

Here's some of my first, sad attempts. Any comments or criticism are more than welcome. )