Difference, Similitude

Difference, similitude —
These are sort of arbitrary,
Focusing on this or that
To try to shape and mold us —

Organizing, labeling,
Common or extraordinary,
Critical consensus tends
To silence and enfold us —

Make your mind up for yourself:
Don’t let them corral you —
Where you spend your time will prove
What it is

You value

the image, torn away, betrays

the image, torn away, betrays
the emptiness of much we
seek and value;

your heart's weighed down by many things:
but just continue hiding all that,
shall you?

if only perfect bodies we,
or perfect families, jobs, or
maybe smiles

if only we'd go viral, or
be known and loved for stories, or
for styles

the image, torn away, betrays
the isolation of
our heart's recess

where lonely in a silent room
we ponder all it costs to find
success