When you’re weak, you can only get stronger. The poem ‘Strong’ is about thoughts wandering off back and forth thinking if one should get in touch with an old flame. Would doing so be something both of you actually want or is it just a confidence boost? Will you regret it?
‘Weak’ is about being stuck, not having moved on, and feeling weak because of it. You’re drawn to contact your old flame, but as soon as you do, the split second after you press send, you’re filled with regret. This ping-pong goes back and forth a few times until enough time has passed and you become strong.
This is the last part of a three-part poem series called ‘Change’. It’s post-breakup where you’re thinking back and no longer worrying if you made the right choice. You’re finally fine and have accepted that the two of you weren’t a match. It’s time for change.
This poem is about being in the spotlight and feeling pressure. You start to wonder if you’re doing it for yourself or for everyone else.
‘Expiration date’ is about realizing that everything has an end no matter how much we fight for it. That realization can make you see that some things are not worth the fight if the return on investment is low.
The poem ‘Foreigner’ is about being from a different background and trying to accept it. It’s a journey of being ashamed in public of having a different background because one worries what others think of you. This leads to overcompensation in acting how the new culture acts or wants you to act. This may force you to abandon old values that you actually cared about. The poem is about finding a balance and realizing that it is not a burden, but a blessing in disguise as you’re able to connect with more people because of your broader background and that it’s something you should be proud of. This is something I especially learned and experienced when I did a trip abroad to Amsterdam, a place where, allegedly, around 50% of the inhabitants are immigrants.
‘Hiding’ is about our exterior not fitting with our inner-selves. In the past I’ve struggled with being happy and energetic all the time out in public and then being all out worn out. The struggle is to find a balance and communicate with the close ones around you and take the time to manage your mental well-being.
‘The gray between the black and white’ was a piece I wrote during a time where I had extreme mood swings. I could go from having the best time with my friends to being completely down and depressed in a blink of an eye. For a long time I couldn’t figure out what caused these ‘demons’, as I liked to call them, to come out. After a great amount of self-reflection they don’t come out as often and when they do I’ve become much better at handling it. Accepting that you have issues is important and talking to your friends about it helps as well.