standing on the sidelines

a person lacking autonomy —
passive as a passerby
standing on the sidelines as
a bystander in your own life,
witnessing what seems like
a clandestine operation —

How can you stand for that to happen?
It’s scary to take intimidating risks,
But doors must open.


This is a quadrille for DVerse’s Quadrille Monday, and the word is “stand.” It is also for FOWC: Clandestine and the MVB prompt: Bystander. This poem is basically me trying to give myself a pep talk / talking-to.

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