Hide and seek philosophy

I’ve been abused and branded;
treated unkind, slapped open-handed.
Interested in aliens landing,
so they can give me what I want.

Feel free to spit in my face,
put me back in my place.
I will tell you what I know:
All of us must reap as we sow.

I am watching and waiting
from my room without a view.
Searching through crowds and skies
for something I lost inside you.

As I open your eyes,
willing you to push yourself inside,
I contemplate our overloaded senses
and the construction of unnecessary fences.

For much of my life I’ve felt chased
by some nameless, faceless monster,
but as the coming changes are dismissed,
I’d like to transform from victim to predator.

I will stand up!
Push myself forward!
Why are you intent on hiding?
Cowardice is rarely ignored.

Are you restrained and held back?
Look up and face the facts:
Our reality is a roller-coaster
and you need to taste it all.

Sometimes I’d like to erase the gender divide.
Can you see what’s on my mind?
Have you been scrawling on the wall?
Are you crawling among the blind?
Do you see anything at all?

Under the moon,
under yourself,
under a crucifix,
so far from meaning
or understanding of life

I now believe
that for so long
I was utterly wrong.
Another victim?
A wounded casualty?

So I ask myself:
Why are you hiding?
Not just from me.
Also within
and without
a philosophy.

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For Pink Panther Magazine – many women play hide and seek to be in a relationship. I promote a transparent philosophy: truth over denial.

Battle Of One by 30 Seconds to Mars is a short and sharp song I adore!
Try and stop me
Try and save me
I want to fall…
Try and cross me
Take me, tease me
I want to fall
I want to fall
I want to fall…

I refer to nameless, faceless voices in this poem too


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I’ll defer to Anna Quindlen, of The New York Times: “People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.”

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  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    And I ask myself:
    Why are you hiding?
    Not just from me
    Also within
    And without
    A philosophy.

    i agree.. everyone needs something to believe in
    awesome writing deb

  • Thank you gorgeous Shoaib! You really are far too kind to me. I love that my musings appeal to you and can only say how much I gain from everything I read by you as well awesome wordsmith xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    i got a treat in store for you soon… hold right ok ! ;)

  • I do so like a surprise – thanks Shoaib xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Coronus
    Coronusover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Jono – good word when not associated with abuse!!!

    – msdebbie

  • Coronus
    Coronusover 4 years ago

    It is powerful to put to words and stand against abuse.
    I believe that powerful poetry penetrates, and hit’s us hard.

  • Thank you Jono – your encouragement means so much to me xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Tony Mutton
    Tony Muttonover 4 years ago

    yes – powerful words…Tony

  • Thank you Tony, I appreciate your kind comment xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Georgette
    Georgetteover 4 years ago


  • Thanks muchly Georgette

    – msdebbie

  • RaOrEmraeh
    RaOrEmraehover 4 years ago

    Well said my friend.

  • Thank you my friend :D
    Mwah xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustagealmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks Judi for the privilege of a feature :)

    – msdebbie

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ushna and CORE for the privilege of a feature :)

    – msdebbie

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