Use the above song as inspiration for any form of creative expression (including but not limited too short stories, poems, lyrics, artwork, photography, covers, music/dance videos etc.)
The parents looked at me and said
‘You have to stand on your own to feet
Be real in all you want.’
Such sage and simple advice
I carried through life
Over the curves and ups and downs
The days when fantasy seemed more real
Than the day-to-day hum drum of work and more work.
School was never a place for me,
My teachers were uninspiring
Classmates wanted to be fashionable
Saw mediocrity as their life’s goal.
Education I found for myself
No thanks to the system
Which frowned on individuality.
It tried to mould me a clone of their lacklustre selves.
Standing on my own two feet,
Came at a cost
Persecution, ridicule, scapegoat
The butt of so many jokes when
All I wanted was to be me.
Lovers came and went,
Took a part of me
Left me scarred
Financially at the mercy of others.
I learned the hard way that people
Despite what they said can’t be trusted
I was better on my own,
Wandering the world, being me.
I was the oddity in a world of indifference
I lurched from one crisis to another
Always learning, being me.
I reached out one day
‘I hope you don’t mind me intruding’,
Discovered a real person
Not affected by society expectations
Not like other women
Happy being who she is
Never seeing me as anything more than me.
I rest now in her arms
I stand on my own two feet
I am a person, a man of integrity
Aware of my own self
I am the real me.