Poetry Reading at the ‘Gold Coast Writers’ Association’

Was honoured to be given the opportunity to share one of my poems, called “That Ruthless Glass Ceiling” at the Gold Coast Writers’ Association recently!

Poetry reading

Poetry reading

President Ocean Reeves

With Ocean Reeves, President of the ‘Gold Coast Writers’ Association’

Video credit: my better half.

That Ruthless Glass Ceiling

i am the colour of a race
that battles for most things,
i’m of the gender that outs me
in the back burner of society;

i fight for a cause,
i fight to be heard,
i fight for my dreams;

and when i relax into my destiny,
enjoying the successes i’ve achieved,
i’m greeted by society’s harsh
and ruthless glass ceiling;

in my mind, i look up, and
all i can see are blue skies,
but the reality is, smeared into my face
is the, how dare you try?

you see,
life isn’t a breeze
for a highly ambitious,
brown-coloured woman like me;

truth is,
life is full of naysayers screaming,
metaphorically speaking,
how dare you dream?

divinely it seems,
glass ceilings are breakable,
i’ve learnt to smash mine,
like paintings by Michelangelo;

when the world drags me in,
i reach out to the heavens,
to breathe life on my visions,
and sharpen my weapons;

when naysayers speak,
of my goals out of reach,
i turn off their ramble,
unsubscribe from their channel;

when society says no,
i say, you gotta go,
there is no more dealing,
with that ruthless glass ceiling.

If you’re a goal-driven person regardless of gender or race, I’m positive you have experienced the tall-poppy syndrome from others to cut you down to size or that glass ceiling from many to push you back down. This poem is specifically written for my sisters around the world, smash that glass ceiling! Keep dreaming, keep striving, keep winning!

More of my poems can be found here.

Beyond the Pacific

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  1. Selena Holly

    April 23, 2019

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The issue is an issue that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this during my
    search for poetry online, all the best with your poems 🙂

    • Beyond the Pacific

      April 23, 2019

      Thank you Selena. The glass ceiling is an issue us women hardly talk about but we all have experienced it somewhere in our lifetime. I’m feeling a little more comfortable sharing my poems so will release more soon.

  2. Adrienne Henderson

    November 21, 2019

    You do poetry too? What can’t you do lol?! Like this poem though xx.

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