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!
© “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).