Veritable Self

it’s beastly
but it’s what’s so

spouses leave/ bosses cheat/ dogs chew
liars speak/ channels dupe/ cancer grows

a rare few release the
you-shoulds in life

I raise my glass and
drink the beading

to the few who branch with courage
to become their veritable selves

Written for dVerse Poets Pub open link night and for The Sunday Whirl.
The Whirl words this week are leave, cheat, chew, branch, channel,
beastly, few, cancer, release, speak, become, beading


About Sabra Bowers

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65 Responses to Veritable Self

  1. Beth Winter says:

    Oh, so true! I raise my glass with you. This is a very strong poem.


  2. Oh Sabra, this is divine! Loving the pacing of the subject/predicate phrases. I raise a glass to you!


  3. Raising a toast to our veritable selves!


  4. So true. I’ll drink to that!! Nicely done!


  5. billgncs says:

    I hope it’s champagne 🙂


  6. Grace says:

    I love it ~ I raise my glass to you too ~ Cheers ~


  7. vivchook says:

    Lovely, Sabra. And – isn’t it just oh,so Threatening, to others, when we do have the courage to become our veritable selves! Bravo! I’ll raise my glass to you, too. Vivienne (OneVoicePoetry)


  8. 1emeraldcity says:

    Love this….brave and powerful 🙂 xo ~jackie~


  9. claudia says:

    releasing the you-shoulds in life and having the courage to go the opposite path – i drink to this as well


  10. CC Champagne says:

    So very true! I raise an imaginary glass of bubbly to you and this poem! Very nice write (and thank you for reminding me of the wordle)!


  11. ayala says:

    I raise my glass with you!


  12. Cheers to be one-selves… tight use of the wordle


  13. MarinaSofia says:

    Was that really a poem created out of word prompts? It was fantastic – very strong overall, but the second and third stanza particularly,


  14. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    This is a wondrous handful of words! I raise my glass to you! 😉

    If the Branch Could Speak


  15. Laurie Kolp says:

    Life is challenging, that’s for sure!


  16. It is true that we lose time by our promises of doing that tomorrow what could become real today. This life is too short… Thoughtful writing and it resonated with me especially today. Lovely! 🙂
    And my gentle bow to those who realize their dreams and become what they are capable of being.


  17. bookendings says:

    Beautiful expression, and so full of meaning…


  18. Sabra Bowers says:

    Thank you, Yvonne. Wonderful to see you here. 🙂


  19. I love the way you’ve used the words. And I loved “it’s what’s” and I drink to those people as well…and to what the inspire in us


  20. kaykuala says:

    The naked truth so to speak! Very innovative write Sabra!



  21. Sabra Bowers says:

    Thank you so much, Elizabeth. I appreciate you.


  22. Cheers to all those who dare to be themselves! I love this piece, Sabra!


  23. That’s a wallop of truth–love it!


  24. Pamela says:

    Wow, Sabra, it is wonderful what you did with a very difficult set of words. Very strong write.



  25. humbird says:

    O, wow, so many drinkers here! I join in 🙂


  26. Andy Sewina says:

    Too true! Well written.


  27. Cathy says:

    Wonderful read, Glad you found a wonderful way to use beading, nothing came to me when I wrote mine.


    • Sabra Bowers says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I think beading was the word I was most pleased with myself. When I first saw in, I didn’t think I would use it or branch. I think branch was the hardest for me, after I began writing.


  28. oldegg says:

    “Unto thine own self be true” although spoken by a bit of a bore in Hamlet this is still a maxim to aspire to.


  29. suzy says:

    I absolutly love this poem. To leave the “shoulds” behind and do all from pure intention? That must be the most important part of the journey toward becoming your true self.
    I hope I’m on that road 🙂
    And thank yo uso much for your comment over at my blog!


  30. jae rose says:

    Cheers to you Sabra..perfectly happens..for sure


  31. hypercryptical says:

    I’ll raise a glass too.
    Anna :o]


  32. It’s so good when you can read a Wordle poem and not know that the words were the prompts until the end. To me, that shows ease in writing the poem.


  33. Succinct and poignant, Sabra

    my best to you



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