Did you know?

2017 is the year of vulnerability?
That no matter what
It’s cool to be the real you
And the real me
That’s vulnerability

No more: frontin-fakin-takin
from your real self
it’s time for feeling-loving-opening
To your real self

Cause we’re fucking tired of
your Facebook self
your selfie self
your real self
is what we crave

Tell your selfie stick
It can suck my —-


That envelope
and write yourself a letter
tell yourself your heart wants better

I’ll look at me.
And realize I ain’t as cool
As I said I was last year
Or even that last beer

This year
I’ll write with tears
I’ll be unafraid
of my beating heart
Telling my brain to
Listen to that pain

The space between the heart and the brain
Imagine the possibility
Imagine the vulnerability

It ain’t 2004 no more though
It’s 2017, all fresh and so clean

The cool you is the real you
You know that Andre 3000 you
the cool you is the real you
even if it’s the you who thinks that

Ja Rule is still cool you

We all want to see it
Let that real one go
You can do it slow
or fast

Let that open-hearted you
do some writing
or some poetry reciting
We wouldn’t all be here tonight
if the possibility of real
wasn’t so exciting
so inviting
so enlightening

Everyone wants that real you
That always says something true you
That walking with the swagger
of zero ego you

That you anyone can talk to

That vulnerable you

That’s the you I want to be introduced to.

This poem is from my most recent book: Graduating From College Me.

I am the author of four books, which can be purchased below. Or, check out www.climbingzine.com for more of my writing. 

American Climber                       americanclimber_cover-1Graduating From College Me 


The Great American Dirtbags 


Climbing Out of Bed

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