Role Models, Part 1

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Poetry

CONTEXT: September, 2010

This piece came from… well, le tme just say that I was having a pretty hard time recently and this poem came from the idea that people thought I had it all together.

Enough said…

    Role Models, Part 1

They said he was a role model,
An example to hold up
For anyone trying to achieve
What he has achieved
Or become what he has become.
They said he was a role model
Of perserverance
Or dedication
Or hard work.
He proved to them
That you could overcome
Any adversity.
Hardships could be put
To sea, with sails fully filled.
Roadblocks become speedbumps
With the force of personality
And they said he was a
Role model there, too.
They said he was a role model
For not allowing the world
To force you into a role
So you roll along in an
Assigned groove.
They said he was a role model
For independance and strength.
For standing up for
What you beleive
And helping others find
Their places, their roles
Of their own making.
They said he was a role model
While he asked
Where the role model
Was for him.

THe next poem is Role Models, Part 2 but I am also thinking about a different post… one I may or may not write.

  1. nadinethornhill says:

    One of hard part about being a strong person (and you are impressively strong in my eyes), is that people assume it’s effortless. Of course it’s not. I have so much respect for everything you’ve done and continue to do as an artist, organizer and advocate. And I’m very sorry you’ve had to manage all of that and deal with personal difficulty too.

    For what it’s worth, if there’s ever anything I can do to help, please ask.

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