Call It Whatever You Want

this week’s Poetry Reading Prompt “How To Be Alone”

(you can watch it here)

by Reena of https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2022/05/19/reenas-xploration-challenge-231/ is so inspiring that i am up for another response. 

the poem speaks highly of how to love yourself – alone, without the need for other people’s approval and love. sometimes, our desire to belong and to be loved is what kept us trapped in an abusive relationship. and i don’t just mean here abusive relationship between a couple. this may surprise you but relationships between and among friends and relatives could be abusive too. it happens normally when one party is the one always giving and understanding.

“you need to control your habit of forgetting to breathe”, “there is a you telling another story of you. Listen to her.”Β these lines from the poem struck me the most.

Call It Whatever You Want

sarcasm
arrogance
small insults
call it whatever you want
intentional or not one thing is sure
its meant to hurt you, break you, tear you apart
then the worst is yet to come when you finally
began to question your self-worth and start
believing that it could be true.

sarcasm
arrogance
small insults
bullying at its finest and it happens
not only among friends, among classmates
among co-workers; but between two people
two people who promised to love each other
someone is the arrogant bully who when
confronted claims to be a victim but refuses to
admit to having played the role of a victim.

sarcasm
arrogance
small insults
intentional or not
when you start to doubt yourself
and it takes you to a darker place
walk away before it’s too late.

30 Comments

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    This resonates fully. I cut away from a so-called friend who spared no chance to point out a real or imagined flaw in me. Not that the flaws matter, but I don’t need that negativity around me.

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    1. michnavs says:

      its so true Reena. we don’t need toxic or negative people around us. life is just so beautiful to spend it with people who doesn’t recognize our worth.

      thank you for this beautiful prompt

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      1. Reena Saxena says:

        It’s always good to have a talent like you around.

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      2. michnavs says:

        Thank you so much Reena..

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  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Call it whatever …. by Mich Navajas

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    1. michnavs says:

      thank you Reena..

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  3. Sadje says:

    I think we all know someone who is like that. So well written Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, yes Sadje…thank you so much…

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome

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  4. mrswrangler says:

    We all have dealt with situations like this. My last job before trucking I had a verbally abusive boss. It took a toll until I had enough.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh my i can only imagine that….

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  5. Very well explained and written, Mich. Too good.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Kamal..

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  6. This is stunnig indeed. We need to listen to our souls speak and stop paying heed to other people’s narrow talks about us.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much..i appreciate you sharing your insights..πŸ’›πŸ™

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  7. Great wisdom, SweetMich! We can all relate to your poem.
    And people of ALL ages get treated like this…wish they could all read you poem, especially the children who are dealing with it.
    (((HUGS))) ❀️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, thank you so dearly Carolyn..πŸ™πŸ’›πŸ’•

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      1. You’re welcome! πŸ™‚ πŸ™β€οΈ

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  8. It always starts small. It’s important to read these red flags and warning signs.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree Maria..thank you so much..

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  9. I agree alone is better than this toxic potion in any relationship.
    Two Sides
    Cheers Moonie

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much πŸ’•β€

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  10. It took me quite a while in life to realize violence comes in words too – to learn to draw clear boundaries against them and make that self care.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I had the same experience Pragalbha…it took a while though but when i did i was able to immediately stop people around me do it..

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  11. Anita Bacha says:

    It’s heartbreaking πŸ’”

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, i know..thank youπŸ’”

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  12. Susi Bocks says:

    I try to keep my distance from those who want to negatively impact my life. The act of existing is hard enough without inviting that into my circle. Great lines, Mich!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Susi..πŸ™πŸ’•

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