To Be Important
By: Emily LaSita
After shoveling yourself into the ground,
Afraid to be heard, seen or smelt
You have finally decided to sprout out
You want to feel important
But how? Maybe you require awards?
A “K” beside a number on social media?
A glance, a dance, salacious moments?
Would that make you seem important?
But why? Because others are important to you?
Becoming air in your lungs,
When you’ve run out of breath
Do you know how to inflate a balloon?
But… there’s been a mistake.
You are chasing fleeting feelings
Deeper is something you haven’t sought
To be important; It is a permanent phase
To be important demands courage
To make decisions with impact
This couldn’t happen underground
When you to have to inhale the sun
To be important takes responsibility
Reach out your limbs and twist
Build a treehouse for yourself
They will want the same
To be important calls for inner strength
Carry it in your balloon float,
The knowledge of your worth,
Squeeze when no one can lift you
At the parade they’ll say, “How important”
But you cannot rely on billions of eyes
One day they will go blind
You have to see yourselfNot to feel, this is how to be important