Be True to Yourself

by Milly Hayward   Feb 18, 2019

When I was just a child
my mother said to me
hold your head up high girl
be smart as you can be

Be kind to all around
do all things that are good
make your own decisions
on what you think you should

Have faith in just yourself
aim high up to the moon
don't let things get you down
sing to your own life's tune

I've never been a sheep
instead I set the trend
different and I'm proud
yet shy I self depend

At school I was a swot
bullied but never caved
stuck by my own values
which never ever waved

Different can be lonely
but better than a sheep
mistakes you make are yours
and not another's leap

Through the years I've realised
folk rarely have your back
yourself you can depend
but seldom on a pack

To yourself stay most true
be kind to all around
if your soul is at peace
happiness will abound

Good family and friends
set life a happy tone
but when its time to die
your spirit leaves alone


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  • 11 months ago

    by James E Garrett

    I love the pantameter I once heard playing tennis without a net!That's how the non rythemic poems remind me of. Beautifully put!

  • 1 year ago

    by chelo

    This piece is incredible! Great job Milly. "Sing to your own life's tune". I really like that phrase.

    • 1 year ago

      by Milly Hayward

      Thanks Chelo, I am so happy to hear that you liked it. I do try and write uplifting poetry although from time to time it goes the opposite way. Take care and thank you for taking the time to comment. Best wishes Milly x

  • 1 year ago

    by Kerry Gardiner

    I think you nailed this poem you have to make yourself happy in life and be true to yourself because at the end of the day it is all you got yes you have friends and family and support but truly who hasn’t felt alone in a crowded room? I think this poem was written beautifully. Good work


    • 1 year ago

      by Milly Hayward

      Thanks Kerry, really glad you liked it. Best wishes Milly x

  • 1 year ago

    by Allen Harriet

    different is always lonely. good reminder

  • 1 year ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Embracing ones true self and those special people around you is certainly worthy of note. I think today's generation struggle more with peer pressure. I hope your inspirational poem helps.
    Wonderful! Xx

    • 1 year ago

      by Milly Hayward

      Thank you Mr Darcy, I wrote it to be inspirational. There is far too much peer pressure on young people particularly with the social media. Take care Milly x

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