An oversized world

you were too small
when the world tried you on for size
it grew your skeleton from tragedies
too quickly, hardening your spine
and traumatizing you with heavy folds
of life upon your glossy shoulders

the world was too big
for you to wear, no-one to realise
it clung to you, and pierced your milky skin
with fears and this idea, you must fit in
or fight to survive, these weighty burdens
of this adult-sized version of life

for you, let me shrink this world

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79 thoughts on “An oversized world

  1. I love the analogy of ill-fitting clothes. I was sorting out my kids’ clothes yesterday and this beautiful verse so resonated with thoughts going through my mind!Fit in or live with the tag of a misfit! Love this, Rachel. ❤️❤️

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      1. Currently I am sitting quietly, waiting by the panic button, and trying desperately to hide from any cataclysms. I’m feeling jumpy, like there’s a mouse or a spider somewhere in my house 😂. You?

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  2. Wonderful, R. Truly

    Really liked this one soooo much. Like a tender talk to a friend or lover while they rest on your shoulder for comfort and love when everything just feels too grown up and overwhelming.

    Lovely and heartfelt honey. So touching 💜💜

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    1. Aww Fiery, you’re melting my heart. This is exactly what I had in mind, a head rested on my shoulder or in my lap, my hands stroking hair, and trying to take all the cares of the world away.

      Thank you, it’s so lovely to read your poetry and your comments again 💖💖

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  3. You have to survive in this world,
    Make your own personality,
    This world is too big,
    And you are too small,
    Struggling for your reverence,
    And fighting over them.
    Amazing piece of poetry Rachael. I really loved this. It was one of my favourite post from you. Your piece of work is an inspiration for me and for others. Well done, and keep writing like this and being smile to our faces. 😊😊

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  4. Ah, beautiful. The kindness of the speaker in the last has a wonderful, powerful impact in subverting the harshness of the world conveyed in the previous lines.

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      1. You’re welcome! I quite agree about the amount of pain in the world. It’s good to know there are those like you who are looking to make things a bit better.

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  5. I read this and think about how life deals us all different cards in life. None of us will play them the same way, but those cards we are dealt forever change us in a major way. Sometimes the world can be cruel and we’re forced to fight back, or cower, but it’s nice to know that someone out there understands why we became the way we are and is willing to help us heal from the damage the world has inflicted upon us. This is just a beautiful poem, Rachel. Very heartfelt. ♥️

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    1. Your response to this is so beautiful, and I completely agree. The world can be so unfair, and can irrevocably shape us. I wish there was a way of protecting ourselves and others. People need understanding and love. Thank you so much dear B, I appreciate your thoughts so much ❤️❤️

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      1. You’re so very welcome, R. As long as we have souls like you on the planet, it makes the experience we call “life” a bit easier. 😊♥️

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  6. A minor…this is sweet and so tender…wanting so much to help the little one feel safe…Makes me think of my grandmother. 😊 And yet—wanting to shrink the world? hmmm…allow me to show you just how tough is your little spine…and just how awesome is this great big world.

    Scary yes, we need plenty of courage indeed little one—how about we go out to the park and look for courage and perhaps a popsicle?

    Sending you tons of sunshine today, dear sweet beautiful Rachel. 💫🌞💓


  7. “For you let me shrink the world.” Great line in a great poem. Rachel, I’ve been looking deep in your blog because I really enjoy your poetry and since you’ve not written anything lately…but you write beautiful verses, very simple, very clear, extremely precise, just like I really like them. In any event, all the best to you, hope you’re doing fine and the winter’s not too cold down there. Here it’s above 30, for me, extremely HOT! Take good care ,

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    1. Francisco, you’ve bought such a smile to my face my friend, that you’ve taken the time to delve into my older posts. Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot you like my writing. I’ve been a bit absent from WordPress so I’m sorry I’ve missed a lot of your posts. I’ve needed to focus on work and family and… life for a bit.

      Yes, it’s cold here now, sunny days but frosty mornings. 30 degrees sounds lovely. You take care too. Are lockdown restrictions fully lifted there now?

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      1. Yes, I do enjoy your writing and the way you express things so clearly and straightforward…I understand, I will probably be a bit absent myself as I’ve some projects I must attend to, so I wish you success and hopefully we will still see you around. The Royal State of Alarm has been lifted from the Kingdom, so we are more or less free, although we are now “officially” in the “new normal” with restrictions like the use of the mask and other things relating to seating in restaurants and things like that but for the most part, we are back in the old days, thank God! Yes it is getting hotter here every day, once you pass 30 it is hot! Take good care Rachel and all the best,


  8. My dearest Rachel, I read this poem and I felt like it could have been the description of myself.

    “it grew your skeleton from tragedies
    too quickly, hardening your spine
    and traumatizing you with heavy folds
    of life upon your glossy shoulders”

    So beautifully descriptive of how are lives are changed by our experiences, which by the way don’t define us, but they are a part of us. A part we should never hide from or forget. It helps me to know that others understand who I am. Thank you for this raw and honest poem about how some of us just had a more difficult path than others perhaps.

    Sending you love and thanking you for this marvelously written poetic piece of life. Joni xoxoxo

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    1. Oh Joni, I wish I could hug you and this comment. You saw the heart and soul and origins of this poem. It is such an honour to have you say it could be a description of you. Sometimes I do wish I could shrink the world or make its realities lighter for people I think ❤️💕 xoxoxoxo

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      1. Love you my friend. Hope you have a truly blessed day dearest Rachel. Sending lots of love and flowers cut by fairies singing happy songs all day. ❤️💕🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🤗


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