“We all have a face that we hide away forever,
and we take them out and show ourselves when everyone has gone!”
~ Billy Joel – “The Stranger”

Things aren’t always as they seem,
we dream of being more than we are.
Far from the truth and the years of our youth,
we try to dress hipper, act younger,
and fall for all the trappings of a somebody we are not.
We’ve got to stop kidding ourselves,
or we’ll become unrecognizable; we will be strangers
to others. We’ll be strange to ourselves.
Familiarity does not breed contempt.
There is comfort in the who we are meant to be;
who we’ve always been. It’s no sin to
free yourself from any preconceived notion
or devotion to vanity. For the sake of all humanity,
be yourself. Choose not to be confusing,
some cookie cutter fusion of someone’s conformity.
Authenticity and originality will make you stand out;
no need to shout your arrival. You survival
depends on you and your friends being unique.
Remove the mask and the task will free you.

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik

“Task” Poem


Strangers on the shores,
more than poetic piasans.
Thrown together by chance,
a serendipitous dance
across the Grand Hall.
The call for poetic writers,
fighters for the cause
for better or for verse.
Destined to become
best friends; partners
in rhyme and only time
will tell just how well we
will gel. But, we’ll continue
to support and nurture;
poetic futures looking bright,
right until we meet.

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2012