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.
‘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.
In Denmark we have this belief that one should be humble all the time and never gloat. While for some this argument might be valid as the world does not revolve around that one person, but at the same time it can hurt our confidence because we don’t believe what we do matters. It’s important to be humble, no doubt about that. At the same time it’s important to take a step back and acknowledge the success that one has had and be proud of it.
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.
The second part of a three-part story of change. ‘Change II’ is about having broken up and doubting whether it’s the right decision. Trying to convince yourself that it is and that you should never go back to what didn’t work. However, this idea is not entirely without doubt.
Forest and plants is a recurring theme in many of my poems. The idea is that everything forms life and that there’s energy in everything. Some things, however, go bad and rotten. Bad relationships for example. ‘Leaves’ is a poem about noticing and trying different things to learn to know yourself and not put yourself in the same situation. Sometimes, leaves can barely hold onto a tree and other times they can survive through a storm.
Putting another person on a pedestal in never a good idea. ‘Halt’ is about realizing ones relation to the other person and how it is poisonous. It’s an idea of self-reflection and realizing that there’s no need to stay in a bad situation.
‘Lately/ready’ is a poem about being undermined in a relationship and feeling as if you for once need to be the one that undermines another person. It’s a state of being ready to give in to the idea of having to be bad to someone else.
‘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.