The Core of Who We Are

The Core of Who We Are
The Core of Who We Are

How aware are we to the unconscious thoughts and drives that lead life to such devoted compliance with the norm. What is expected from a societal perspective without dashing our dreams and hopes for the life we want to lead, may well be a failure from which we will never recover.

No-one denies our dreams, but in compliance and by necessity those dreams often fall into abeyance and become obsolete. Then, in our later years, we look back and regret what values drove us to lose a part of us, the wants that did not survive time’s yield. Do not forsake that part of you that yearns, for we betray ourselves if we do not recognise what we truly want in life and uphold it.

The Core of Who We Are

They walk the streets
in vacant-eyed acceptance,
homeless not in reality but of mind,
swooning to the rhythm and pulse
of metal and neon plights, resigned
to the sheep mentality of the oppressed.

Skin like leather
tooled in forms of compliance,
attired like soldiers bleak, repeating
the bleating of sad assimilation,
as all else just leaks from a molten core,
all uniqueness melded into a gun-metal cause.

Awaken, moment by moment forsaken,
as guileless minds with motivation
follow paths of least significance,
foreseeing wealth the prize,
a compromise of spirit,
where love’s redemption is lost.

Hollow faces blur in cacophonous pace,
yielding to time’s elusive spaces,
and how can one seal a life worth living
bound to someone else’s ideals,
driven to enact the cycles that steal the heart,
the very core of who we are?

Streets so dark even in daylight,
taint the worn paths of many,
life but a neon recluse, a social interaction aloof
and superficial, a haze of booze and drugs
to pacify the lost pangs of what once was,
as these worn paths the antipathy of regression.

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8 thoughts on “The Core of Who We Are

  • August 29, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    When one loses faith in self and forsakes their dreams and yearnings, then they are no longer in control over who they are. Great work, Tony. Hard-hitting and stunning. Take care dear friend.

    • August 29, 2019 at 8:02 PM

      Much appreciated, Phyllis, glad you related and enjoyed the work. Perhaps a little dark, but so many need to wake up to the slow and insidious pervasion of lethargy. Cheers!

  • August 29, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    As a society I think we have lost “the core of who we are” and blindly comply, following like sheep to the slaughter….trusting Governments (who care for the people and know what’s best….right!) to lead us in the right direction. Where are the dreamers and the visionaries who rely on their own discernment and forge new paths, breaking away from the establishment? Nice write Tony.

  • August 29, 2019 at 8:04 PM

    Glad you understand John. Lost is right, that’s why society is in such a state of disarray. Not just because of politics and dubious leaders, but because we allow them to be. Take care.

  • August 31, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    I think some of us wake up at some time during our lives and instead of feeling regret should refocus on achieving whatever goals time allows. Your poem speaks the truth of living in our world. Thank you for the thoughts and the conversation. Jamie

  • September 1, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Nice work Tony. It is true that for so strange reason, society is conforming to social norms more and more with no good sense of direction or goals in mind. It’s the get along to get along mentality, Someone is bound to take care of me thoughts, that is ruining society from the ground up. Nice work again my friend.

  • September 1, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Much appreciated, Paul, yes subtle changes that are dumbing down humanity into a state of complacency. Take care, my friend.


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