It’s easier to assume this isn’t yours
because when it leaves, you
won’t feel disappointed.

After all your hard work
and all you have achieved
that milestone on the horizon
just out of reach
and success just doesn’t taste
as sweet as you thought.

This word, ‘just’
like a small favour to yourself
grovelling, “please, just finish this now
and relax tomorrow,”
putting necessity aside to
cross your to-do list and finally consider
this belongs to you.

Sometimes the weight of every paper stack
misaligns your spine
topsy turvy, too
aching for equilibrium.

If you fall behind because you need rest
to find your calm
thankfully, your work
is not the centre of your universe;
you are.

18 thoughts on “52

  1. Well said, I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that MY inner frequency must stay centered at all costs, to truly give myself to others. Life will suck your energy dry if you don’t have boundaries . Everything gravitates to people that have that ” special ” spark inside , like you have, and everyone wants to feel it too. Give yourself a break , friend ! You always rock !!


  2. The center of the universe is all that matters and that center is you. All of the other things belong where they are as long as they revolve on the outside and do not encumber you. As always, beautifully said, Elle. Your poems are always so well written and carry such a great philosophy. Love each one, Stan

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    1. Thank you always for your kind words, Stan! If you live your whole life believing your universe revolves around you, you’ll be fine. But if you believe everyone else’s universe revolves around you, that’s certainly a different story aha. Thanks for your analysis!

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  3. For the vast majority of us, all of our efforts and toils do indeed belong to someone else. They may give us a few tips as a condescending way to say “thanks,” but most of the profits go to those who already have all they could ever want.

    Still, even though I know it’s fruitless, I can’t help but be addicted to work; the penalties for taking those necessary breaks are just too severe.

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    1. I’m often addicted to my work as well–as if the end of the earth is near if I can’t get it done. It’s always such a shock when you realize that a deadline can be extended, or when you get little push back from something you thought would fall apart if you didn’t do it right then. We need to be kinder to ourselves. Thanks for sharing.

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