Cowardly Lies

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The Wizard of Oz was a lesson in phycology for those who watched Dorothy and her three friends struggle with their deficiencies. As they made their way down the Yellow Brick Road, they discovered the confidence they lacked was really within them.  Today at d’Verse, Mish asked us to choose one of the three characters and write a poem from their perspective. I chose to write a poem addressing the Cowardly Lion’s lack of courage. At the end read the Lions response…Perhaps we could all learn something about ourselves from the Cowardly Lion!

Cowardly Lies (Dorothy)
Who stole the virginity of your mind
Telling you courage was not for you
Embedding self-depreciating thoughts
Of weak and unfounded fear

Who filled your mind with kryptonite lies
Making you weak and helpless when challenges arose
Hiding in the shadows afraid to show your face
Feeling like a mouse in a lion’s costume

You are more than a sniveling wimp
You are a Lion // proud and strong
Born with a king’s legacy in your DNA
Surrounded by a pride of ancestors gone before

To find your voice you must believe
Look deep into your heart
See the courageous King you were meant to be
Stand tall and strong // believe in yourself

Rise // and fulfill your destiny

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Photo: from d’Verse Poetry Pub

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The Lions Response:

A Change of Heart
Who stole the virginity of my mind
Telling me courage was not for me
Embedding self-depreciating thoughts
Of weak and unfounded fear

Who filled my mind with kryptonite lies
Making me weak and helpless when challenges arose
Hiding in the shadows afraid to show my face
Feeling like a mouse in a lion’s costume

I AM more than a sniveling wimp
I AM a Lion // proud and strong
Born with a King’s legacy in my DNA
Surrounded by a pride of ancestors gone before

To find my voice I must believe
Look deep into my heart
See the courageous King I was meant to be
Standing tall // and strong
I believe in myself

I Rise // and fulfill my destiny

 

54 thoughts on “Cowardly Lies

  1. True Humans Are
    Lions too
    And
    For
    Some
    Males
    At LeasT it’s
    Just A Matter
    Of Epigenetics
    iN Enough Struggle
    And Adaptation As Change
    to Awaken the Lion In Them
    Unpacking Courage DNA
    A Common
    First
    World
    Issue this
    Grows as
    Cowardly Lions Fall Last to:
    Away From: Human PoTenTiaL NoW..:)

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  2. I’m so glad you chose the lion and I love the poem and the response, Dwight! I especially like the lines:
    ‘Who filled my mind with kryptonite lies
    Making me weak and helpless when challenges arose
    Hiding in the shadows afraid to show my face
    Feeling like a mouse in a lion’s costume’.

    Like

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