Brilliance

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In a crowd, he shines
yet, he doesn’t know.
The monsters in his head
just won’t let him go.

 

I tell him of his brilliance –
he scoffs and shrugs.
It’s nothing, he insists,
it’s mostly luck.

 

What do you tell a friend
who doesn’t believe
the genius in his work
others clearly see?

 



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19 comments

  1. They often say that artists often don’t get the recognition they deserve in their lifetime but I wonder if they’d have believed the praise even if they had been alive for it. Van Gogh would have been no less tormented – that one inner critic trumps all others.

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  2. Brilliance is often found in minds so complicated, we mistakenly diagnose them as mentally challenged. Rather than trying to make these amazing minds conform to our standards of thinking, it might be more advantageous to utilize their genius and incorporate this process in our own minds. In many cases, we are fearful if the thought process differs from our own. In reality,we might be better off embracing it and learning from it.

    For those feeling isolated by their thinking, we offer love, encouragement and support to let them know they are not alone. Asking them for help to better understand their thought process can also open doors releasing emotions they have had to contain for many years. Finding someone to trust might be all that is needed.

    Great poem, Rose.

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    • “Rather than trying to make these amazing minds conform to our standards of thinking, it might be more advantageous to utilize their genius and incorporate this process in our own minds. In many cases, we are fearful if the thought process differs from our own. In reality,we might be better off embracing it and learning from it.”

      I love your words!!! YES, there is so much to learn from a brilliant mind. Thank you, Jonathan, reading your comment has inspired me yet, again. ❤

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