Reena’s Exploration Challenge #139 and #MM Saturday Mix — My Transgressive Prescription

Winged Victory Painting by Fran McGarry
“Winged Victory” is a watercolor and ink painting by Fran McGarry

My Transgressive Prescription

In our tribe, from birth we’re taught
Follow has its time and place
Strength in herd will save your skin
Bend the knee and serve with pride
Safe we’ll be, but are we free?

Bound with threads of should and ought
Shrug them, soon you’ll find disgrace
Couched in terms like bad and sin
Punishments will be applied
Thoughts with wings in quarantine

Fear not independent thought
Box is meant to be the base
Step outside the lines and win
Rules were meant to be defied
Soar with joy-affirmed vaccine

Sparked by need to reach my kin
Comes from heart that’s been inscribed
Writ for all with eyes to see

 

 

Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
Quarantined Thoughts is the theme. It is not necessary that the words are used in the piece. Your interpretation or reflection on the words is enough.

Sarah Weejars is the host of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Saturday Mix.  Sarah says:
For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Rimas DissolutasThe topic is up to you!

21 Comments Add yours

  1. You are not one to shy away from a challenge using your poem to satisfy two very difficult prompts. Great job writing this Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much. It was a doubly challenging exercise. Thank you for noticing, Jim.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Suzanne says:

    Yep. Thinking outside the box will carry us forward in a positive way now. 😀

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  3. Sadje says:

    Love your masterful word play.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li

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  4. you need should, ought, and must. They’re never the least bit incompatible, when legitimate, with freedom

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed, Larry, and as long as it includes the concept that you should, ought, and must step outside of those bounds when the need arises.

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      1. Yes , context is all

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  5. Reena Saxena says:

    I’ve always believed in stepping out of boundaries 😊 The price paid is unpopularity

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I believe you when you say that, Reena, you are not a “box thinker.” There are innumerable prices that are paid, but they are worth the price.

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  6. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    My transgressive prescription ..by Jade Li/Lisa

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  7. soniadogra says:

    We get so caught in following the conditioning that we often forget that we have a mind of our own. So important to have an independent pov. Well penned Jade.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sonia, well-said. Thank you, glad you connected with the poem.

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  8. Carol anne says:

    Wow! Thats so powerful! Well done great piece!

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  9. Jules says:

    When all that arises, like in the current mood – I think of the musical play/movie South Pacific and the song about prejudice: Richard Rodgers “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” lyrics

    May humanity soon learn the foils of misguidance. And step outside the boxes of hate and fear.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well said, Jules.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. memadtwo says:

    Should and ought often become dead weight we drag around without even realizing it. (K)

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