Stop Pleasing Others!

We have allowed ourselves to be captives for years,

Which brought us disenchantments and even tears,

And the endless quest for one’s love and recognition,

May only give us temporary pleasure not satisfaction.


We don’t live just to conform to the ideals of the world.

This is indeed an emerging truth that we have to hold.

We have to stop compromising our sense of individuality,

By freeing ourselves from the manacles of conformity.


We should be loved and accepted in spite of ourselves,

Recognizing our imperfections, worries, and intricacies.

Let us not prove ourselves just to get their attentions,

Show what we really have regardless of their affections.


Today is the perfect time to deviate ourselves from this rut.

Amidst uncertainties and disillusionments, let’s surely halt.

Let those unpromising days slightly vanish in the twilight,

Since the boundless possibilities are just right here in sight.


© Lebana 2018

Anabel G. Raymundo

All Rights Reserved.



26 thoughts on “Stop Pleasing Others!

  1. This verges on the prosaic. You could write this as an essay, with fewer constraints on length and rhythm. I would like to see some of your work as letters to you r readers. Formal poetry is a good exercise to get your language to fit the format, and having learned from that, your prose will benefit greatly. Good work.

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    1. Thanks, Von!Actually I have already written an essay version of this.The title is “Expressing vs. Impressing”,you can find it here.I’m at a loss of topics so I wrote this.


      1. You are fine. BTW: I find inspiration in all sorts of places: news, other people’s writing, problems I’m facing, people who thrill me, people in my life who are different, little things I experience.

        If none of those work, I go to nature, God, and love.

        One more thing, just a personal quirk. I cast my eyes up and to the right, and type the first words that pop into my head. I try to make a haiku from there, then the topic is available for prose.

        You do not need advice. I am just sharing what happens to me.

        Keep writing, and don’t be afraid to throw out or rewrite what does not thrill you.

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      2. Thank you for sharing your experiences.You’re so kind.I’ll also try to find inspiration from all sorts of places,like what you’ve mentioned.God bless you!


  2. Well stated! I have to say I’m people pleaser by nature, but I’ve learned you can’t please everyone (and even more importantly always be true to yourself).

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