Standing Out (a poem)

Rather stand out. 
Hate trying to be like everyone else. 
Too damned boring. 
Too damned restrictive. 
Too damned time-consuming. 
Too damned stupid. 

Some folks judge you anyway. 
Always finding the cracks in your sidewalk.
Rarely saying anything positive about you. 
Always saying something negative. 

Hate folks telling me what to believe. 
Or what to read. 
What to listen to. 
What to wear. 
What to eat. 
What to drink. 
How to express myself. 
Who to hang around. 
Who to marry. 
Wish some folks would mind their own goddamned business. 

Don’t know the rules sometimes. 
Try playing them. 
Next thing I know? 
I played the wrong rules. 
Or the rules have changed. 
Now, I’m the fool again. 
The idiot. 
The cave person who should’ve known better. 

Reason why I avoid trying to fit in. 
Too damned time-consuming. 
Too damned restrictive. 
Too damned stupid.

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About Patrick Scott Barnes

Most of Central Florida knows Stone Crazy (Patrick Scott Barnes) as a poet. Yet, he also photographs, DJ and blogs. The rest of the time, the now sober blogger guzzles Diet Coke in Central Florida nightspots.
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