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Haiku: The Outsiders

18/11/2015

“Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”  S.E.Hinton, The Outsiders

Haiku: The Outsiders - The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Haiku: The Outsiders – The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Unworthiness is the inmost frightening thought that you do not belong, no matter how much you want to belong, that you are an outsider and will always be an outsider. It is the idea that you are flawed and cannot be fixed. It is wanting to be loved and feeling unlovable, or wanting to love and feeling that you are not capable of loving. Gary Zukav

Life on the fringes…
Straddling two fragmented worlds
Outside … looking in

Cultures shape beliefs
Stagnant pools of wasted lives
Watched from the … inside

What lies do we tell?
What dreams do we let perish?
Clawing our way in…

Life on the outside
Excoriated by “THEM”
Blinded … WE. Are. THEM.

Insiders, look … out
All Outsiders, go … within.
We are all the same

Exploring the subject of insider/outsider is a complex one.  In certain situations, we are either one, the other, or marginalized out of the conversation entirely. As I thought about it, I couldn’t help but remember S.E. Hinton’s quote above and the fact that the sun sets on us all…

“I think you only really feel like an outsider if you’ve been an insider.” Sade Adu

Haiku: The Outsiders - The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Haiku: The Outsiders – The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Haiku: The Outsiders - The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Haiku: The Outsiders – The view from Outsiders and Insiders

It is okay to be an outsider, a recent arrival, new on the scene – and not just okay, but something to be thankful for… Because being an insider can so easily mean collapsing the horizons, can so easily mean accepting the presumptions of your province. Tan Le

Life can be cruel…
Some born insiders, some … out
Some … arriviste!

Unloved, rejected
They forget … WE are all flawed
Ravaged by the rage

What lies do we tell?
What dreams do we let perish?
Clawing our way out…

Weak, unworthy pests…
Vile, entitled, like the rest…
The sun sets on all

If you ever feel like an Outsider, remember that all is ephemeral and life deals us cards that we must learn to turn over and make better. Today, you might feel unworthy and next day feel on top of the world… Why? Find the equilibrium in life that gives you peace of mind and know that we are truly all in search of Self.

More below!

“I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative.” Bill Hicks

Haiku: The Outsiders - The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Haiku: The Outsiders – The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Haiku: The Outsiders - The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Haiku: The Outsiders – The view from Outsiders and Insiders

Art is always criticized and always an outsider gets the blame. Ville Valo
As an artist you actually do have to make a choice to be an outsider. If you’re an outsider you have the freedom to say what people on the inside don’t dare to say. Connie Nielsen

Life on the Inside
A precarious balance
Old fears mar relief

Grim, colliding worlds
Mental, Outsider art, more
A destiny shared…

What lies do we tell?
What dreams do we let perish?
Clawing in and out…

Outsiders belong
Where love flows like healing streams
And understanding…

Insiders, look … out
And Outsiders, go … within.
We are all the same

 

When all is said and done, regardless of where we fit in the social cultural divide, we are essentially all the same.  We need more understanding in our world. May we all find that place of equanimity and peace within.

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – The Outsiders – below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: The Outsiders Tell us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that.

Positive Motivation Tip: If you are inside, look out. If you are outside, go within. We are all the same

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  Outsider Art: Adolf Wölfli’s Irren-Anstalt, Joe Minter’s African Village in America I and II, August Natterer’s Weltachse mit Haase (Axle of the World, with Rabbit), Bed & breakfast “Ma Résidence”, Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, in 2012, via Wikipedia and/or from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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