Elsie RodriguezCorchado

On The Outside Looking In - Poem by Elsie RodriguezCorchado

Do you know what it takes to “just be yourself”?
What does that even mean?
Nothing your say or do ever pleases people and yet
That is what you foolishly strive for every day.
Watching others have the time of their lives and always knowing
Just the right thing to say or do.
It’s like they are on a television screen and you are watching them
Play out their lives before you.
Sometimes you even watch yours play out the same way.
Do you know what it feels like to be misunderstood?
For people to assume you couldn’t care less,
When the reality is you care too much.
To always feel alone even in a crowd,
When each judgmental look, stare, whisper, gesture,
Cuts through your heart like a knife.
And when eventually you let your guard down to let your
Emotions show, others think you are weak, a joke,
An easy target for their misanthropic amusement.
Mock you, ignore you, disrespect you.
They think because you don’t hang around all the time
Or act exactly the same as they do,
That you don’t care about them or that you think you are better than them.
But the opposite is true.
Always on the outside looking in,
Never feeling like you fit in.

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  • Romeo Della Valle (12/25/2009 8:30:00 PM)

    Wow, Elsie, what a well penned poem, heart touching, letting your feeling freely flow, great job, you are in the right track, this is just the beginning for you, great talent, follow my footsteps, show the whole world who you really are, like you showed to me, Keep it up,10+++, Love and Peace... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 25, 2009

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