Who Owns Your Feelings?

Who decides how you feel today?

A simple question for some, while a complicated conundrum for most everyone else…

As you awake, can you feel the ache?

Physical pains deep within your veins

As we age, we wear the chains

Our bodies slowly wearing away

But despite the pain, we still can choose

Whether we smile or embrace the blues

It’s a state of being; a state of feeling

To some appealing, to others revealing

Is your mind clouded with yesterday’s news?

Perhaps remnants of other’s views

With all the random electronic noise

Blurry lines between girls and boys

Protests here and protests there

Climate change and dirty air

Yellow vests and the evil west

People scorned and people blessed

How much influence can we find?

Attacks and assaults upon our minds

But what makes you decide a feeling?

A reaction yes, but unappealing

Letting things pollute your ceiling

Stops your growth and limits healing

And on those days you claim insane

You’re just looking for the blame

Something, someone, or maybe neither

Go ahead, commence your fever

It’s like being well; fit and strong

So you stretch and grasp for all that’s wrong

Implementing the twisted lies

All the falsehoods, wrapped in lies

Because you find they make you feel

Turn your mind, just like a wheel

Spinning and spinning, but staying still

Might have well just popped a pill

So once again you need to think

Clear your mind and avoid the drink

Ask these queries and listen true

Carefully and through and through

Is anyone responsible for the life I live?

Am I a slave and forced to give?

Can I blame you for my errors?

Or all the worldly acts of terror?

Does casting blame cause any change?

Does it heal the aches and pains?

Blaming only makes you passive

Gets you ready for your casket

Ask yourself what your stone will say:


Lived life with a finger pointed

Refused the truth; died disappointed

Always chose to blame another

Assumed all feelings were ruled by others

Felt undeserving and deprived of joy

Always ignored his inner boy

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

One thought on “Who Owns Your Feelings?

  • December 26, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Wow! Very thought provoking work, Ralph. Something we must remember: we have choices. We can choose to be ourselves, be all we can be – or, let others control our thoughts and feelings. Nice work on this very important message. Well done.


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