Sovereignty

My sovereignty is my own

Beginning and ending at bodymind borders

I rule my own mind and no others

There are none I swear fealty to

In some medieval ritual of submission

What limited control I have over my physical body

Ends at my extremities

And if sometimes I can influence others

Control is not anything to aspire to

Since I’m busy enough keeping myself in check

Unruling the anarchy of my mad thoughts and contradictions

It is enough to be my own master and slave

Never abdicating responsibility for my own behavior or attitude

Or subject to the tyranny of others

My sovereignty is my own

A limited kingdom of singularity

Despotic in self-discipline

Seditious in errant thoughts

Creating my own ceremonies with serious amusement

While my ego breaks down into strutting courtiers

Who pander to baser instincts and shiny eyed pride

So I leave off building castles

To build self awareness

And cloak myself in goldclothed tranquility

 

 

David Trudel   ©  2013

 

 

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4 responses to “Sovereignty

  1. Since I’m busy enough keeping myself in check
    Unruling the anarchy of my mad thoughts and contradictions
    It is enough to be my own master and slave

    No truer words David…like this one a lot.
    R

    • Thanks so much. Think of how much less stress there’d be if everyone just gave up trying to control everyone else!

      • Oh Lord, you’ve said a mouthful. My trouble has been doing it to AVOID my own self. 😉 But, that is a thing of the past…now it’s on me to think of and control me. Wonder which is harder…giving up or taking – control.

  2. It’s all a challenge for me. But its gotten a lot easier the past few months.

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