Sometimes fate shows us
what we can and will not
see in ourselves.

The time arrives
to choose whether
we’re guided by

our untapped strengths
or the ill will
of others,

those content
to embrace and settle
for less.

Our strengths
and weaknesses
mingle before us,

waiting for us
to choose our best
and sometimes worst.

Everything may
just happen
for a purpose.

Or we can decide
to choose who
we will be.

Follow the path
that calls
to you.

Hear the voices
of your
soul and mind.

And when listening
to voices
of your ancestors

I can only hope
you will follow
a path that demands

justice for all
and not
the privileged few.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.