Poetry Friday ~ Calling All Weirdos​!

11 Oct

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Photo by Kim Carpenter ( @kimberly123 )

What does it mean when someone calls you a weirdo?

If you describe someone as a weirdo, you disapprove of them because they behave in an unusual way that you find difficult to understand or accept.

Well, some people may feel that way, but this is not my definition of a weirdo. In this day and age, it’s weird for someone to be their genuine self. It’s strange to speak your mind, regardless of others’ opinions. In these times, when so many people pop pills in order not to feel, it’s strange for someone to wear his or her emotions on their sleeve. I like weirdos. They’re my kind of people, honest, open, free thinkers. They don’t fear to be unique. They think outside the box and go with their creative flow.

It’s refreshing to be with people who are not numb to the world around them but instead embrace every emotion that makes them human.

Sometimes I’m surrounded by so much apathy and hate that it becomes unbearable. Why are there so many desensitized people? Stop popping pills every time you’re in danger of feeling something. Be a weirdo and feel. It’s normal to be sad when you lose a loved one. It’s okay to feel angry, scared, unsure, insecure sometimes. Deal with it because that’s what makes you human.

I understand that there are people who genuinely need to be on medication, but there are too many folks out there taking medications they shouldn’t be, and this has a dehumanizing effect.

I’m tired of being in the presence of cyborgs. I want to be around real people. Being a genuine person comes with a price, though. Not everyone will like you, but then not everyone should matter to you. Calling all weirdos!

Empty and Space are this week’s prompt words chosen by Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer.

*The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.

Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge every Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree or Cinquain poem. She is an author and poet, and also does book reviews and so much more on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

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Photo by Tamara Bellis @tamarabellis

Here’s my contribution to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. The Poetry form is an Etheree.

no where
to suffer
in this dark place.
Oh, my vacant life
there’s no happy surprise.
I pop a pill the moment
I realize that I’m alive.
Then I’m hollow, no feelings inside.
There’s only this disguise of constant lies.

Photo by Bart LaRue ( @bartlarueeppler )

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Have a Happy Friday!

73 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Calling All Weirdos​!”

  1. John W. Howell October 11, 2019 at 4:34 pm #

    Good one, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Miriam Hurdle October 11, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

    I liked this, Vashti. Many medical conditions are caused by taking medication. I’m down to one med for my lymphedemic leg.

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 11, 2019 at 5:17 pm #

      Hi, Miriam! I understand that some people need to take medicine for pain, anxiety, depression . . . That being said, I also know that many people abuse these drugs and walk around overmedicated––like zombies––not feeling a thing. Abusing these medications take away your humanity.

      You have a lovely weekend too, my friend! ❤ xo


      • Miriam Hurdle October 11, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

        I took Lorazepam for sleep for years. By the time I wanted to stop, I couldn’t because the drug is having forming, a nice way to say additive. It took me 2 years to very slowly wean off.😊

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      • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

        Thanks for sharing that, Miriam. I’m happy you were able to kick the habit. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle October 14, 2019 at 10:28 pm #

        I’m happy about that also, thank you, Vashti. It was a tough one to get rid of, from talking to people who took it. 🙂

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  3. Colleen M. Chesebro October 11, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    Sis, this was an amazing post. I’m thrilled to be a weirdo. Lovely sentiments and your Tanka poem was spot on! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ben Naga October 11, 2019 at 5:40 pm #


    Stop hiding
    Your darker side.
    Face the light of truth.
    Your life is but a dream
    In which you’re fully vacant
    Distracted and far from this place.
    Caught in the spotlight spin round and round;
    Ravenous pirouette seeking applause.

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  5. Linda Mims October 11, 2019 at 6:59 pm #

    “I like weirdos!” “Be a weirdo and feel.” Wonderful post! The world is crazy conforming, Vashti! Weirdos may be the only ones keeping it real!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 11, 2019 at 7:09 pm #

      I agree entirely, Linda. Being a weirdo means being an individual, which isn’t always popular, but hey, I prefer to surround myself with authentic people. I’m happy you stopped by my friend. Have a great week! ❤

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  6. eloisedesousa October 11, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Writing to Freedom October 11, 2019 at 8:38 pm #

    Poignant poem and post Vashti. Yes, I would also rather be around authentic people than people who numb out.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. trentpmcd October 11, 2019 at 8:43 pm #

    You actually think people need to think and feel and reflect and be themselves and all of that? What a weirdo… 😉 Great post, Vashti! And great poem to go along with the text.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

      Ah, ha, ha! Good one, Trent. You almost had me, but then I thought no way! You’re part of my tribe! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

      • trentpmcd October 14, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

        Yep, I am a self-proclaimed “weirdo”, particularly if being a weirdo means thinking, feeling, etc. 🙂 (I like to think of myself more as unique or different, but I will take whatever label fits your post.)

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      • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm #

        Sometimes being a weirdo means that you’re unique and different. 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  9. memadtwo October 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm #

    Well put Vashti. We need to feel in order to try to make things better. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

      Excellent point, Kerfe! How could we fix the wrongs in this world if we don’t feel their impact? Thank you! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  10. mihrank October 11, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    Effective and creative post…amazing!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm #

      Hi, Mino! Thank you, my friend. I’m happy you agree. 😀 xo


  11. Guy Worthey October 11, 2019 at 11:20 pm #

    You are a force for good in the universe, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:25 pm #

      Awww. That’s one of the sweetest things I’ve ever been told, Guy. Thank you! I’m thrilled that you think so. ❤


  12. D.L. Finn, Author October 12, 2019 at 2:17 am #


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  13. markbierman October 12, 2019 at 5:38 am #

    Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Annette Rochelle Aben October 12, 2019 at 7:19 am #

    Thank goodness for the weirdos… I’d have no tribe without them! Love that you drew the line in the sand into a heart


  15. coldhandboyack October 12, 2019 at 10:39 am #

    Great points today. I like it.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. balroop2013 October 12, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

    Thank you for sharing such lovely thoughts Vashti. If being honest, open and emotional is counted as being weirdo, I have no qualms with this term! There was a time when free thinking was suppressed, no longer so. Natural instincts need to be respected.

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    • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

      As usual, I agree with you, Balroop. If we cannot express ourselves artistically or in everyday life, we’ll just become a society of robots. We can’t have that. Thank you for your wise and insightful words, my friend. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Crystal Brooke October 12, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

    Wow! I LOVE this!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

      Yay! I’m so happy you do, Crystal! I was afraid some people would get offended, but then again, I usually don’t let fear dictate what I do or write. I thought this was something that needed to be said. 🙂 ❤


      • Crystal Brooke October 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

        This definitely resonates with me! I agree it needs to be said!

        Liked by 1 person

  18. dgkaye October 12, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

    Powerful statement and prose Vashti. Weirdos are my tribe girl! ❤

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  19. yvettemcalleiro October 14, 2019 at 6:39 am #

    I’m 100% with you on this, Vashti! I am constantly telling my students to have the courage to let go of the masks they wear to fit in with the people around them and just be true to who they are. I know it’s a scary thing, but it is so freeing! Here’s to the genuine people out there! Weirdos unite! 😉

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    • Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

      Weirdos unite! Ha, ha! I’m glad that there are teachers like you out there that teach children that they can be themselves. If there were more teachers like you, maybe there would be less teen depression and suicide. No one’s happy faking their life.

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  20. Natalie Ducey October 15, 2019 at 9:33 am #

    Such a powerful and timely piece, Vashti! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Have a fabulous week! xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 17, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

      I’m happy you think so, Natalie. You’re one of those wonderfully genuine people I love. Thank you! Have a great rest of the week! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Jan Sikes October 15, 2019 at 11:44 am #

    You aptly described society as a whole, Vashti! Count me in as one of the weirdos! I want to FEEL absolutely everything! Very well-done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 17, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! I definitely consider you part of my weirdo tribe. 😉 ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  22. D. Wallace Peach October 15, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

    I like weirdos too, Vashti, as long as they don’t have too much energy. Then I get tired. Ha ha. But honestly, anyone who’s content to be themselves is a pure pleasure to be around.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Forrest Robert Stepnowski October 18, 2019 at 11:02 am #

    Love this Vashti! I am a self proclaimed weirdo.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 18, 2019 at 11:05 am #

      Hi, Forrest! Welcome to the tribe, my friend! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Happy Friday! ❤


  24. merrildsmith October 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

    I’m definitely a weirdo. 😉
    It’s sad that so many have need drugs or alcohol to get through life because they maybe don’t want to feel.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

      Welcome to the club, Merril. I think it’s rare the “creative” that isn’t at least a little weird. 😉 It is sad because they miss out on a lot of living.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Robert Matthew Goldstein October 24, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

    Too many people use substances to numb themselves. This is not to be confused with people who take psychotropic medications to compensate for neurological deficits. I hope that on my best days I’m the best kind of weirdo. 🙂

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  26. The Eclectic Contrarian December 13, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

    I can only be myself… trust me.. I’ve tried to be someone else before lol!

    I’m different but I’d rather be different than be like others who are trying to be themselves because everyone is…

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    • Vashti Q December 13, 2019 at 1:32 pm #

      Being different is great, as long as you’re not hurting yourself or anyone else. Could you imagine how boring the world would be if we were all the same? Don’t ever let anyone pressure you into being something you’re not. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • The Eclectic Contrarian December 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

        Nahh.. I’m a friendly kind of weird… well.. silly.. 🤪😆🤦‍♂️lol!!

        Liked by 1 person

  27. Vashti Q October 14, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 😀

    Liked by 1 person


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