Paralysis – Poetry Reading by Mara Prose

Poetry performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of my poem is inspiration during difficult times.

What motivated you to write this poem?

I am always second guessing and questioning my decisions, and this poem reflects how I feel about it.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing poetry for 6 years now.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?


What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

This poem really resonated with a lot of people and I loved the idea of an actor bringing out the emotions in the poem.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I am working on my first novel. I also manage a global blog, and freelance for various magazines.

What is your passion in life?

My children and my writing are my great passions in life!

Paralysis, A Mara Prose Poem

Genre: Life, Rhyme


The ‘shoulds’ paralyze me
They lead to the what ifs, the maybes and the could haves
My target is never stagnant and does not allow me to move
I am unhinged and hindered

My doubts subdue me
My failures asphyxiate me
My gains seem miniscule

My mind prepares a catechism
It just can’t let me rest
What’s right? What’s wrong?
What’s my truth? Am I really strong?

My curiosity sacrifices me to injunction
I trial. I tribulate.
I wonder. I investigate.

What I desire is not always mastered
What I master is not always consummated
So I freeze and second guess

The shoulds paralyze me
I am a hostage to its psychological strangulation
I must bargain for my release
I have to be aware of my capabilities
I must believe in all that is me
Even if that means leaving life more of a mystery

The shoulds are a guide, a formula that doesn’t always add up
Convention can equate to confinement
Rejection can equate to judgment
But the world is not our jury
Yet, the shoulds still paralyze me

~ Mara Prose



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