For those of us following an inspired path, we’ve come up against naysayers, Debbie Downers, and “haters.” I’ve learned that this is all about wounding in THEM and has nothing to do with me. But, in my younger years, I didn’t know this and was often left feeling hurt and rejected. This poem was inspired by the ones who didn’t understand me. I thank them for unknowingly becoming some of my greatest teachers.
Didn’t she go to college?
Yeah, came from a good family too.
Then why did she live in the projects?
Her poor parents. She’s so stupid.
Didn’t he cheat on her?
Yeah, and abuses her too.
Why the hell does she stay with him?
No backbone. She’s so stupid.
Didn’t she take him back?
Yeah, and he put her in debt all over again.
Why would she do that to herself?
Or her child…She’s so stupid.
Didn’t they promise her a pay raise?
Yeah, for over a year they dangled that carrot.
Why the hell doesn’t she leave?
What a doormat! She’s so stupid.
Didn’t she have a good job?
Yeah, at a big company too.
Why would she leave without a job to go to?
Such a dreamer. She’s so stupid.
Did you hear she started a podcast?
Yeah, with zero experience.
Who the hell does she think she is?
It’s embarrassing. She’s so stupid.
Did you hear she had an essay published?
Yeah, I read it.
I wonder why she never wrote before?
I always knew she was talented. She’s not stupid.
Did you see her on the cover of that online magazine?
Yeah, she looks great.
Did you know we’ve been friends for years?
I didn’t know that. She’s so cool.
Did you hear so and so is trying to write a novel?
Yeah, so ridiculous.
Since when does an accountant write fiction?
It’s going to bomb. He’s so stupid.