Inner Critic (IC)~You can do better, Donna.
You know and so do I.
I don’t want to hear excuses.
I just want to see results.
My dear Inner Critic, I know you mean well,
but I beg to differ with you. I
am not perfect, even though you want me to be.
I just can’t. No, I just WON’T be perfect!
And no amount of haranguing will make it so.
IC~Look, all you need to do is work
harder and longer.
More effort that’s what you need.
It won’t matter, don’t you see,
because I am flawed. I do try
my best, but in the end I will make mistakes.
I will fall face down many times over. But I WILL pick myself up.
IC~But why fall?
Do you want to get hurt, scraped, embarrassed?
Don’t you understand, I am trying to protect you from this.
I know you are. You are, after all, part of me.
And you mean well. But no, I do not fear the fall,
because I know it will happen. And when it does,
I will learn to fly again, and fall, and fly, and…..
It is the inevitable cycle.
IC~ARE YOU CRAZY?!!
What is wrong with you?!
That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard….
Maybe so, but it is my sacred life.
And as part of me, you will just have to accept it.
No more shouting. No more belittling or bemoaning.
Understand this-I AM STRONG. I am enough.
And I am flourishing just fine the way I am at the moment.
Now come on, let’s go have some fun!
IC~OK, but I still think…….
No thinking my dear Inner Critic,
and no talking. Let’s just be for now….
In this moment….time to enjoy life!
© Donna Donabella 2016
I read a prompt a while ago where they asked us to have a conversation with our Inner Critic. I have had a long-standing Love-Hate relationship with that part of me, with me losing more times than I care to count. So I thought it was about time we had it out….after all this Inner Critic was holding me back and I was letting it.
As a reforming perfectionist, I am dedicating this poem to all of us who have been caught in Perfections trap. And most especially, I dedicate this to my lovely niece, Natalie on her 13th birthday, today! Like her Aunt Donna, she is a perfectionist. A wonderful goal to to try to reach, perfection, as long as we don’t let it hold us down and make us feel bad about ourselves, as I have done. So here’s to you my dear niece! I wish for you the means for working with your Inner Critic, and not letting it get the best of you. Oh and she is a most gifted and creative poet as well!
I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog, and Sanaa@A Dash of Sunny for her Prompt Nights every Friday. This week’s theme is ‘The Hidden Realm’, that safe haven I find inside as I heal and discover my true self.
I am using pictures of Columbines, and faded Columbine petals that represent Anxious, and Resolved To Win, in the Language of Flowers!
I leave you with a few additional words about Inner Critics. I welcome you to download the photo and share it.
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