Shame Revealed (+3)


Shame Revealed

Attention seeking and applause both coming from the heart
kindle undeserved remorse where shame has sunk his claws.


Shame disguised as guilt robs pleasure


The poet dreams in his retinue


Unspoken words echo for years


Augustus / Houston, Texas / July 2017

  • Author: Augustus (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: July 7th, 2017 08:12
  • Comment from author about the poem: I have been getting some attention lately and felt remorseful, guilty for having received it. Old habits are hard to break: I grew up believing that I was some miserable bit of refuse, a burden, responsible for everything that went amiss. I spent much of my life unable to enjoy simple things without feeling guilty and undeserving. I learned that this was not real guilt where a person feels remorse for doing something wrong, but shame, an idea planted into the mind of a 5 year old that stuck. Shame can be a useful tool when used properly. For example, explaining to a child that he uses poor judgement on occasion as all kids do, but that he is loved and cherished and can learn from his mistakes or shaming a dad who accepts welfare without ever seeking employment, using shame as a motivator.
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 49


  • Goldfinch60

    Good write and may your courage never fail.

    • Augustus

      Sooo hard at times

    • Louis Gibbs

      Yes, shame can be useful, or a deadly device used as a weapon.
      The poet's dreams are the very stuff of good verse, are they not?
      "Unspoken words echo for years" may be the finest verse describing the power of poetry I've seen! Kudos, Augustus!

      • Augustus

        Thanks for all your comments.

      • orchidee

        Good write Aug.

      • kevin browne

        shame is more than what we realise. if we all had no shame then the behaviour patterns of society would change dramatically. apparently the rule of law would probably lose the weight of its power. I think you have clearly expressed about 'shame' but there are so many different aspect to it which we need to be aware of. small write but big meanings. well done, Augustus.

        • Augustus

          Thanks for the thoughtful comment

        • malubotelho

          I fine write. I'm still want to write something about this subject. Could not do yet. Thanks for bringing the subject up, it inspired me a bit more. Shame always got me down just for a little time and I would get up and say to myself: dammit, if I was born here in this world it is because I have the right to live and commit mistakes or not have all my ideas accepted. Leave it behind, do better. Or just do and see what happens next. And I did.

          • Augustus

            I hope you do write about it. I find that the mind will be pondering about this subject, subconsciously and one day, voila, you will have your basis for your poem. Good luck and thanks.

          • Renzi

            A fine write indeed. *hugs*

            • Augustus

              Thanks a bunch

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