Poem About How Society and Individuals Label and Expect

Kurt Cobain and Andy Warhol
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Here’s a new Folding Mirror poem by Marc Latham hot off the Twenty-firstcenturypoets press. Thanks to Sarah James for inviting me to contribute to the site.

Marc Latham also has his Swan Serenade poem in the Everydaypoets anthology recently published.

This new Folding Mirror poem looks at how we often judge others but expect people not to do the same with ourselves.

We often expect people to see through our behaviour to the core, where there is goodness, and our best side.

But a lot of the time, for whatever reason, and this is totally a part of what makes us human, we also let our bad sides out: sometimes it’s just an urge to be wicked, as the drinks advert celebrates; or some kind of power/greed trip, or family and social histories or pressures.

Some people realise this and try to limit it, or make amends with hindsight, while others just think they have a right to negative actions that impact unfairly upon people, and continue to act that way all their lives without apology.

I Can See Through You, Why Don’t People Understand Me

I know everything about you
from what you present
clothes, words, demographics,

what identifies you
at the core
but nobody gets me

labelled, slurred, ignored,
my life decoded negative
Y am I always misunderstood

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