Under Influence

They walk,
and I walk along.
I don’t cerebrate
and ask why and where?
Driven by impulse,
I follow,
absent reasons,
absent desires,
just to please,
under influence!

I pretend,
to have apprehended,
routines, customs of many
for may appear obtuse
if I don’t.
Rationality is impaired,
and even if it’s not,
I tend to neglect
for I fear their response,
under influence!

It’s captivating, the world,
beauty, joy on shallow faces,
pretense of relationships,
altering dynamics, hiding
pains, for feeble fools
we are, and adulation by
others pleases more than
our own understanding
of life and felicity,
under influence!

It’s cryptic, but
the keys lie within.
The ‘life of pretend’
a mere escape from self.
The darkest, constant concerns
mere manifestations of
shame and unresolved issues.
I ought to commit to
self exploration whilst
under influence!

For I can, and
to live my “own” life,
and not someone else’s
I must!

Check out this song if you may, I found it’s lyrics so damn fascinating and so poetic, and above all so true. I think Fleet Foxes are very much known for their fine lyrics. Click to Listen 🙂

20 thoughts on “Under Influence

  1. nice
    maybe people pretend all the time because truth irritates
    and most of the people do not face the real life,
    because the path that takes one to it is full of a thousand and one doubts

    do check out my entries
    frankly, i need people to read my stuff
    been real hurt by some people
    who called my so called poems too negative
    (oh i know what you written in your poem,
    but these things really get you down sometimes)


    • sometimes they get you down, but isn’t that fear, isn’t that what’s problematic, thinking like that, everyone will judge and all have their views but some will have good too, some will appreciate it as well, it’s hard to fall in line of self awareness and easy to not resonate but we should do what’s right, and intelligence is all we need to right put it.
      Mike said it well, “Wisdom is knowing when to follow and when to lead”.


  2. Really wonderful… I enjoyed it all…
    Your lines were powerful…

    ‘The ‘life of pretend’
    a mere escape from self.
    The darkest, constant concerns
    mere manifestations of
    shame and unresolved issues.’

    Thanks for joining in the Poetry Potluck WK 43 which I am hosting for the first time… hope you have liked it too…. and wish to see you again…

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    Om Namah Shivaya
    At Twitter @VerseEveryDay


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