An Ode to Pride

Oh, be it!

Punish me for having walked around this world,

with my head held high,

my belly sucked in.

Oh, be it!

Be done with it, I say.

Because you mistake my pride for arrogance.

Ah, yes!


Are we too afraid to admit our achievements

with a brass enamel smile

and delicate red jewels?

I am who I am and I’m proud

and rich with warmth and jolly.

Oh, be it!

Walk tall, speak with meaning

Listen to the world around you.

Dress for the night’s welcoming rewards

and love like two peacocks

as the sun is rising.

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