Rub Downs and Shake Downs

by Belinda Munoz on April 13, 2011

You may rub down
your rough hewn nails
but nothing should smooth
out your exquisite edge.

You may long to belong
with the in crowd
but let no label tag
your unique brand.

You may brighten your skin
with cucumber slices but
the world needs more of
the light that lies within you.

You may labor and hustle
to peddle your wares
but don’t confuse selling
with selling out.

You may feel taken and shaken
when the IRS comes knockin’
but better to pay taxes
than your soul’s ransom.


This is for One Shot Wednesday.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 claudia April 13, 2011 at 3:04 am

yeah – we need such people – i like how you spin your political poems with such good images and humanity belinda


2 ayala April 13, 2011 at 3:38 am

Belinda, I love it ! Perfect!


3 TheKitchenWitch April 13, 2011 at 6:12 am

I absolutely love this, but the first stanza really wowed me. WOW.


4 brian April 13, 2011 at 6:43 am

some nice quick wit in there…i would rather not sell out…and the world does need more internal eternal light…


5 meg April 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

Spot on–great read :)


6 Talon April 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

Belinda, not only was this chock-full of wisdom, it was a pure delight to read.


7 G-Man April 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Magnificent as always!
I just got my taxes done yesterday.
Hope to see you Friday!


8 Jannie Funster April 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Your writing always had delightful twists and spritely turns, Belinda. Love YOUR edge I hope is never smoothed out. But with your creativity wellspring I know it never will be. And that makes me very very happy to think.

Off to slice cucumbers now… :)



9 Hope April 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

awesome thoughts well expressed! lovely poem!
love the photo!

thank you for your comment!


10 Debra Elliott April 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thank you for stopping by Writing with Debra and your nice comment.
Great blog BTW


11 Lisa April 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Nice! There are so many great truths here – I really love the third stanza, i agree totally :D


12 Mama Zen April 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Words to live by! Wonderful write, Belinda.


13 libraryscene April 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm

great nuggets of wisdom very well expressed…and, a fab reminder that I must do taxes by Friday, oy!


14 Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri April 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Nice and smooth Belinda. Your first stanza was the one that resonated with me the most.


15 BigLittleWolf April 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Wonderful. (And that first stanza was indeed a knock-out!)


16 Vinay April 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

delightful, wise and inspiring! excellent read.

My One Shot Wednesday


17 Tess The Bold Life April 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

Hi Belinda,
I like this and my husband is an accountant! Have a great weekend.


18 D.C. Lutz April 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

So true for many of us Belinda. In the grind of it all it is hard not only realize who we are but to hold on to it once we do.
A nice (and true) one shot for sure


19 LBTL April 15, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Unsure if the first reply went through.
I like the message and words of wisdom, nice read


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