Welcome to National Poetry Month day twenty-four. Today I have fellow blogger and poet Michael O’Connor returning for a second poem post. I am especially pleased to post today on Michael’s 50th birthday. Happy Birthday, Michael! I am in awe that Michael has found so many words to rhyme with “inside”. Enjoy Michael’s introspection and when you’re done reading check out his website which has a unique collaboration of artistic endeavors. Enjoy!
I started writing poetry quite by accident, and it almost always rhymes. I usually set out to write song lyrics and see what I’m left with. I’m most influenced by songwriters, who I consider to be today’s most inspiring poets. My poems tend to be somewhat obscure and vague, by design. I like people to have their own interpretations. Anyway, I’ve selected this one because it takes on special meaning for me as I turn 50. It started as an intentional exercise to rhyme every line. I share writing credit with my friend, Catherine Pedersen, who was instrumental in helping me edit it. Thank you, Sonya for allowing me to share it on your blog.
My better self is locked inside
Each escape has been denied
Despite the fact that I’ve relied
Upon my faith to turn the tide
Of evil feelings that won’t subside
And though my heart is open wide
The painful scars from tears I’ve cried
Are in plain view and cannot hide
From evil eyes that always spied
I fear my better self has died
But my soul is shrinking from its pride
The Grace of God will now decide
To whom allegiance is allied
And lift the burden of worries sighed
The evil, vanquished, starts to slide
From where it’s chosen to reside
And frees my better self to abide
© 2014 Michael P. O’Connor. All rights reserved.
Michael O’Connor is the founder of OCEnterprises Inc., an incubator for creative development. Publisher of several blogs on Blogger, including The Twilight Blue and The Reason 87, he expects to self-publish The Twilight Blue: Volume I and Live Life On Purpose: A Handbook for Achievement in 2014. Connect with Michael on social media through his website www.ocenterprises.weebly.com