Flaws and stings

I am lost within the flurries of my
own admonishments;
a vast collection
of poisonous swills and porcupine quills
All of them, I gulp
the pointed spines directed at myself
And they are stalking me with stealth
like a stingray;
and I am betrayed,
by their stings from within
a spindle of my fate
until I’m saved by the salve of my own acceptance;
a balm applied carefully
seeing flaws,
seeing me
suddenly, I am free

Artwork: Beautifully Flawed II, by Jacintha Kalpana Balakrishnan

53 thoughts on “Flaws and stings

  1. Beautiful! Before others accept us, we must embrace ourselves…flaws and all! We are all flawed…that makes us unique. Enough of self-flagellation! LOVE this poem of acceptance, Rachel. May the flow be with you. ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. Humbled to know my words could do so. It is wonderful that this community is full of people who are there to have each other’s back. Your words mean so much to me. Hugs dear. ❤️❤️

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  2. It’s true, before we acknowledge and accept our own shortcomings and flaws, there really is no way we can be at peace with ourselves or the world around us. It really starts within. Poetically expressed.

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  3. I remember an interview with guitarist Earl Slick. He was talking about making a mistake during a recording session, when the recording engineer said to him “don’t worry, we can fix that”. To which Earl Slick said “Don’t touch it. It’s me, warts n’ all”. That really resonated with me because, in reality we all have these ‘warts’ that we wear. Badges of honor. Anyway, your post had a much nicer way of saying this.

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    1. I nearly ended the poem there, but I had this ray of sunshine like voice saying “but what about the ending of hope” (that was you in case you didn’t realize), so I wrote the rest of it. Thank you NZAin 🤗


      1. Well that just sent a bunch of shivers down my spine. Good! Glad you see the beauty here—the hope. Ahhh…I’m smiling—I love our uniquely beautiful human characteristics—what we call “flaws”. Give me stains on my feet!
        “Ray of sunshine” is now how I want to be remembered when I’m gone ☀️ thank you, for that, Rachel. 💞

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      2. I can’t say how happy it makes me that you are smiling and have grassy feet. You are most certainly a ray of sunshine, but I’ll send you just as much love at times you feel like a dark and stormy cloud ⛅️ ❤️

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  4. This was profoundly written, R. Nothing hurts us more than the beating that comes from our own fists and the poison that we give ourselves to drink. Self acceptance is not an easy road to walk, because it means viewing the things that we don’t find so pretty about ourselves and our lives. But the minute we begin embracing all of who we are, that’s when the hurt becomes less and less.

    I love how you speak of this in such a deep and beautiful way. The beginning is dark and painful, but the ending brings soothing comfort and relief to that self inflicted pain. Your self love now has a place to thrive. Beautifully written, my friend!

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    1. ^^^ all of this, how could it be more beautifully put? We have so much capacity to hurt ourselves with our own harshness and brutality. But if we can accept ourselves despite our flaws, well then, it paves the way to self-love, compassion, joy and self-realization.

      Thank you so much for your amazing thoughts on this. I hope you know how much I appreciate them, thank you 💜💜

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      1. You are so sweet, Rachel! Thank you for writing such a powerful and inspiring poem, my friend. More and more people should take heed to these beautiful words. 💜💜

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  5. hardest thing to do, yet you write it so tenderly and ask us to carefully pluck out the painful quills, looking at ourselves with thorns and barbs, how could we be beautiful when we are so flawed, but we are. thank you for this thoughtful piece, a reflection of self and circumstance

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  6. poisonous swills of porcupine quills, stealth of sting and the stingray..must applaud the references. but the content here is introspective, I like how you keep it contained, very beautifully presented.

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