‘Glass-like’ Beings

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They say, those who live in glass houses;

Should not throw stones;

As if they are the only ones to be careful;

What about those in wooden houses?

Yeah, they should not leave a candle unattended;

Because an object which could be a weapon;

In one’s hands could also be;

A playtoy in another’s;

Like one’s meat being another’s poison;

Glass can be broken with a hit;

But sometimes it all starts with a crack;

A minute one that you’d might not notice;

But a little pressure here, a little manhandling there;

And it breaks all of a sudden;

Leaving you wondering;

How did it happen?

We are all like glass;

Some transparent enough for others to read us;

Others are rather opaque;

With enough baggage to tint themselves;

Some others can be found in the middle;

You see what they allow you to see;

We all have our distinctive features;

Yet all prone to being broken;

We all have varying tolerance levels;

A heartbreak can send one to a bar;

A few tears and a hangover later and she’d be fine;

 Can keep another behind the desk longer than he has to;

Just to bury himself in work just to forget the pain;

And another to even contemplate suicide;

Because it feels like the end of the world;

We all have our breaking points;

But we are often blind to;

Or too preoccupied to notice the cracks;

And we keep hitting on the pressure points;

Or allowing others to do that;

Alluding to the assumption;

That we can handle it;

Some glass can stand a bullet;

Others can’t even stand a drop;

Know thyself;

Appreciate what you can handle;

And what you can’t;

It doesn’t make you weaker or inferior;

It makes you unique;

We were all created different;

With varying temperaments;

Under diverse conditions;

In different backgrounds;

Know the type of glass you are;

And don’t call for a bullet;

When all you can take is a stone.

© Josephine Amoako 2016

22 Comments Add yours

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Ruchika ☺


  1. Gemma says:

    Great writing, I love your style!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Gemma☺

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I wish I could double-like this post. Wonderful analogy! Great great great work!

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  3. Rabia says:

    Very well written, I like the metaphors. I could actually picture the story you’ve painted in my head.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Oh nice, I’m glad you caught the mental picture 😉. Thanks for reading, Rabia.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rabia says:

        I certainly did which is good, imagination is so wonderful that way. You’re welcome Joseyphina!

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  4. zaram says:


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  5. mimispassion says:

    Wow, don’t call for a bullet when all you can take is a stone. I think this really speaks to me, I usually endure hurt and pain from friends under the assumption that I’m strong enough to handle it. Guess it’s high time I learnt to just take what I can

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yeah, we need to acknowledge our limits.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. OurNanaYaa says:

    ‘Don’t ask for a bullet, when all you can take is a stone’

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  7. fortunate23 says:

    Wow Wow!!! I love it, such a beautiful piece Josey!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you! ☺


  8. shunpwrites says:

    Powerful, undeniably so!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading ☺

      Liked by 1 person

      1. shunpwrites says:

        Thanks for writing it!

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Marsha says:

    Beautiful poem and beautiful picture. I’d love to link it to a post I did on using photos to inspire poetry. Let me know if that would be ok. tchistorygal@gmail.com. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Marsha. And yes, you can go ahead and link it to your post. Have a nice day. ☺

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Marsha says:

        Thank you so much. I’ll send you the link.

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