To them, she was just another a pawn
lost amidst a sea of faces where
everyone lived their life
through only black and white.
They’d never see her beauty, pride
or, the fire in her eyes.

In rigid uniformity
daily they comply
too scared to bust a move in case
that planning goes awry
(it’s wrong to go against the
governmental grain)
they may find the new cell
they’ll belong to is yet another
smaller type, of prison.

But, she is quite unique
and unless she is arrested
for not wishing to become
another clone lost among
that crowd
she will never be silent
nor sorry.


© Daydreamertoo      *All rights reserved

*I’ve always applauded people who are not afraid of being ‘different’
I like my own individualism and have never tried to ‘fit’ in a box which others would like to make me fit into just to please them.
Was looking at the Chinese election of their new leader, and noticed that with only one or two exceptions, every single one of them was wearing black. Do they not know the world and its people are alive and vibrant and bursting with colour?

Shared with The Sunday Whirl #83
Poets United Pantry #124

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

31 thoughts on “Individualism”

  1. i value uniqueness in everyone for that is what makes life interesting!
    love this, Bren!

  2. Bren, this is a timely poem for me. I was just discussing this with my husband last night. I had a rather unpleasant experience Friday evening with a woman I consider a friend. She called the girls who clean homes, cha cha’s. Which is a very disrespectful term. I didn’t say anything to her at the moment (we were at dance class), now, I regret not standing up for what I believe in, which is not being racist or derogatory toward others who have less than me. I have always prided myself in being an individual, therefore, I feel I have let myself down.

    Sorry for this rambling comment. Excellent write.


  3. Ah. Even politics has a uniform now I guess. Anyone wanting freedom might be lost in that sea for sure. Here, it’s quite a lot of white, and less of black. Feels very monotonic.

  4. Thanks for visiting both of my contributions to the Whirl this week.
    I would like to think I am also an individual. While it is nice that another friend of mine noticed that I have (or appear to have) my own style, others seem to think I purposely move in one direction or another. I just like to try different things so I find it odd when pigeon holed. I just think well they haven’t read everything I’ve penned now have they? I try to remind folks that the reader brings a bit of themselves into what is written. And we can certainly see that in how we interpret as well as write. The Sunday Whirl is the perfect example.

    Thanks for your process notes. Other cultural traditions are sometimes very hard for us to fathom – especially those of us who have been able to express ourselves freely.

  5. Bren, this reminds me of Evie, played by Natalie Portman, in V for Vendetta. It’s a great movie. Evie is a strong female character. I love your work this week, and the picture you chose. Thanks for keeping us informed, and thanks for the comments at my place. I appreciate your uniqueness….keep it shining strong!

  6. I do feel sad for the Chinese and their sameness of attire. I am sure that likewise their government requires (as much as possible) expression of sameness of thought. Those of us who live in countries where we CAN express our individuality through thoughts and dress must be thankful for this. Your poem makes me realize that.

  7. I think this is an amazing interpretation of the picture and such an insightful piece. I particularly felt the impact of the second stanza.

  8. Yeah always better to go away from the crowd and be ones self, but sadly many conform because they don’t want to make waves and/or win.

  9. systems everywhere are more or less equally insistent on conformity…be it the Senate or the Great is the quest for individual self-expression…Chicago or Shanghai, non-conformity is scoffed at everywhere.until it becomes the new norm that is…

  10. Hurrah for the individualist who not only marches but dances to his/her own drummer – Terrific poem and you found a wonderful accompanying photo. Bravo!

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