I’m a selfish girl I know…

If you can’t hold me right, don’t try to hold me at all.

I don’t need you to love me cause I wouldn’t know what it was… if you did.

I just need you to pack and unwrap me every time you see me. Delicately remove my bow, gently loosen the tape, carefully release the wrapping paper, softly lift the lid, tenderly pull back the tissue, and with an “Ooh Ahh” from you lips; patiently lift me and pull me close. Lovingly hold me tight..(just for a moment)

Now, quick and swift…precisely put me back…patiently tuck me in the box, tenderly cover me with tissue, softly replace the lid, carefully re-wrap the paper, gently stick the tape, and delicately adorn my bow.

I know that I am fragile, a bit damaged, cunningly beastly…. but you don’t…You can’t see it. You probably wouldn’t be able to recognize it even if you did… just by chance… have one unspeakable moment to peer into me

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…It would be too ghastly and lurid for you to comprehend.

You are too perfect… so perfect to ever know evil; even when your holding it in your hands.

So, put me back… in the box…quick!



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Mantra Lotus (28 Posts)

"I Float".. I Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee..ain't nobody got nothin' on me." I Float with iridescent blue wings.. high on top of purple dust..low to the oceans floor. I spin and whirl, wallow and sink. I am who I am, only because it's who I've been blessed to be. All-knowing and nothing. I knew you long before YOU knew you. Plugging USB cords to the universal cipher, I stay lit. I do what I do, simply because I DO IT. I love, hurt, bleed, laugh, cry, dance. F up, F down, (sideways and on my knees). I pray for forgiveness, and sleep on books of ancestral secrets. I love life because "it's" mine. I want bliss, happiness, joy, and "The love of my life", but I face reality that I may have to settle for the fattest, funkiest, avocado, soy burger and wheat-grass juice. "I Float"..Not fast. Not slow. Just enough for (YOU) to stay with...(ME). Mantra (Writer, Poet and Artist from The Greater St. Louis Area)


  1. Very stylishly done, I love it! Your intent is so well communicated here, and this piece actually resonates with me quite a bit.

    “You are too perfect” Ya think? :)

    Looking forward to more!!!


  2. Nice. This poem reminds me of a certain e e cummings poem that “enclose” and “unclose”.

    It seems to me, we are all both beautiful and evil. Any poem that finely explores this concept is alright with me.

    I love the whimsical approach to this important poetic theme.


  3. Stunning, Mantra. People cannot comprehend fragility and too often the defense mechanisms kick in for self-mutilation. You are a complete artist.

  4. Mantra,

    I will take your word about the evil, but my words are the good outweighs the bad and beauty is worth the risk.

    Good to be reading you again.


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