humble pie a la mode

ripplespeak
Fake humility is a lovely stranglehold.
She’ll pull you onto the dance floor,
whispering “you only want attention”
and smile sweetly as she squeezes,
straightjackets,
silences,
shames.
Humility,
the real thing,
 grins and grooves
to unforced rhythms,
just giddy with the thrill
of pouring out her heart
like a box full of crayons
She is happy,
knows it,
and claps her hands
~a dancing, barefoot spirit.
Fake humility rolls
her perfectly practiced eyes
and carefully measures out accusation
“Who says you’re qualified?”
“Who says you’re doing it right?”
“Who says you’re (insert truth and twist) enough?”
I wonder how much beauty goes unsung
unshared
unborn
because of her polite,
vicious
lies.
I want real humility
…to dip and twirl and
 sink and swoop and
 leap and laugh and
 love out loud
with pure raw joy
pulsing through every creative atom
in my being,
to hurl my heart into the universe
and watch in wonder
as the colors splash and spatter.
Fake humility tightens her lips and stabs
“who in the hell to you think you are?”
Real humility drapes a protective arm
 around my shoulder
and raises my chin,
nudging me to see the affirming twinkle
in the eyes of Love
and I dash back
to the unfinished business
of being
simply
me.
bright one
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Comments

  1. love, love, love, love…this! oh how i want the real deal…so much of me still says like a little child look at me, look what i did.

    i want real!!!

    Jennifer, have you read Gerard Kelly's work?? (not the actor that just recently passed away)
    He authored a book titled "Spoken Worship". Your writing reminds me of him.

    Are you working on your book?? 🙂

  2. Oh, I can't tell you how much I loved this. So very very true.

  3. For the book my friend. This raw and real and I just want to kick butt right along with Ms dancing humility 🙂

  4. this may well be my favourite of your posts yet.

  5. rachel awes says

    i'm loving your art!
    your header is delicious
    (& of course so is your opening piece here)
    & then TA DA comes this feather message/art
    which i LOVELOVELOVE!!!
    YESYESYES to you being simply yourself..
    it looks SO GOOD ON YOU.
    xoxoxx

  6. You made me tear up again! This is so clearly said in your beautiful words. I think each of us have probably had that evil sister dancing beside us at one time or another. You have lifted my chin many times Jen with your words of the heart. I hope you feel my arm around your shoulder friend, because it is there ready to dance up a jig of joy with you.

    ♥Lee Ann

  7. You made me tear up again! This is so clearly said in your beautiful words. I think each of us have probably had that evil sister dancing beside us at one time or another. You have lifted my chin many times Jen with your words of the heart. I hope you feel my arm around your shoulder friend, because it is there ready to dance up a jig of joy with you.

    ♥Lee Ann

  8. S. Etole says

    this is something I would like to print and read from time to time … would that be okay?

    it leaves me
    wordless

  9. Just Be Real says

    Jen you have touched my heart, and I see by the replies, many others as well. You are such a gift and structure with your words and thoughts. Much blessings and hugs to you dear one.

  10. Barbara Koob says

    wow! so true. even love the title "humble pie a la mode".

  11. Erin Butson says

    As always, so perfectly put. my husband & I were just talking about this! real humility leads to freedom and security, false humility is just the opposite. It's such an ellusive idea, concept. So well put. i want the real thing too!

  12. 'I want real humility
    …to dip and twirl and
    sink and swoop and
    leap and laugh and
    love out loud
    with pure raw joy
    pulsing through every creative atom
    in my being,
    to hurl my heart into the universe
    and watch in wonder
    as the colors splash and spatter'

    These lines send ripples like a stone thrown in a still idyllic pond.

  13. Barefoot from Heaven says

    Hi there Jennifer, what a lovely words you put into my space…hope I'm not the fake barefooted soul you had in mind….gues not, figure of speaking.

    But wow a true beauty it is in words and art form.
    God Bless my lady.
    Hugs Dagmar
    oh ps thank you for your sweet and soft words lately on my blog. 😉

  14. I love how you describe real humility. Absolutely love it. You have much wisdom, my friend.

  15. Odd Chick says

    First of all- love your collage! you have such a way with design and color. My favorite passage of this writing was:
    "to hurl my heart into the universe
    and watch in wonder
    as the colors splash and spatter."

    You are such a beautiful soul.

  16. Scrappy Grams says

    Your words and art are both so lovely. Color me satisfied! I'm so glad I met you on Relyn's site!
    ~hugs~

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