Happy Sad.

I can’t face being sad
And letting others know
It just feels wrong, because
I want the world to be a brighter place
Not dragged down
By feelings like mine.
That’s what I learnt growing up
From the reactions
and actions of others
Well, my interpretation anyway.

I can’t face being sad
And not letting others know
It just feels wrong, because
dishonesty is not what I want to be
And hiding away my feelings
Just hurts – just hurts.
Pretending to be happy
never brought me to that state
Rather, making an effort to participate
Brought the energy that bears happiness.

I can’t face being sad
But I’m slowly learning
That what I feel and think
Is not always an accurate reflection
of a given situation
And more difficultly,
The imperative of unlearning
all the old lessons
That were so uneducatedly given.

I can’t face being sad
So one day I chose
To be vulnerable
And open up about my feelings
To a friend
Who showed me acceptance,
understanding and support
And now I am both unlearning
and learning at the same time.


[ this was sparked by Pooky’s Poetry Prompt 57 – Write a poem which explores how it feels to put a brave face on things; and every word is truth ]


24 thoughts on “Happy Sad.

  1. Reblogged this on hastywords and commented:

    I love finding new places to get lost in. Please visit the blog below and get swept away like I did. You many know by now I love short, to the point, and powerful poems and prose. I have a short attention span plus I am always doing and reading and writing and thinking about more than one thing at a time. I love how much gets said in the poetry written here. Enjoy and Happy Wednesday.


  2. O, I hate being sad too, but things happen that can make us very sad, I chose to write about this thing and soon I found out who could withstand the sadness of life and who had to keep their distance. Some folks just want to read about rainbows and flowers.


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