SELF-Empowering Talk

I contain multitudes. 

Of unspoken needs 
And outrageous deeds 
Weird habits and hopes, 
Wired by invisible ropes. 

I contain multitudes. 

Ridiculous fears! 
Well-deserved cheers! 
Memories of epic wins 
And abrupt failure 
Turned into growing behaviour!

 

I contain multitudes. 

Raw feelings, 
Conflicting attitudes
And mind-changing moods. 

I am a body of laughs  
Silent blind spots 
A lot of YESes 
And so many NOTs!


I contain multitudes. 

A colourful collection 
Of black and white dots, 
Splashing through veins 
In unexpected loud thoughts! 

I contain multitudes. 

Yet my whole sense of SELF 
Keeps me altogether 
In any challenge, 
However the weather! 

Mindful, out of my head! 
Aware, feet moving ahead! 
Connected 
To what I breathe in 
And all the empty spaces within! 

I contain multitudes. 

And I choose 
My own self-grounding strings 
And self-empowering wings, 
So before breakfast 
I make happen 
Six impossible things! 

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© “SELF-Empowering Talk” poem by Noëla Zaharia (2021)

Poem inspired by Bob Dylan’s verse “I Contain Multitudes”, one of the many props we use in free-writing sessions w/ Tim Hurson on Mindcamp Connect. Cover photo: “Breathing Lungs”, my personal work during “Inner Cartoon Monster” self-discovery session w/ François Coetzee (2020).