Be Yourself by Piero G. Sarmiento Alosilla

I love being that poet

Who doesn’t fit in.

Who colors outside the lines

With shades of puzzling innuendos

Who transforms his paper trails

Into outspoken crescendos.

Shamelessly diving

Into foreign

Forbidden territory

With the intention

Of looking for

New ways of self-expression

Alternative leeways

For spiritual exploration

Constantly soul-searching

For inspiration,

From the most minuscule

Forms of life.

I love being that poet

Who is frequently misunderstood. 

Deliberately obscure

Yet spontaneously self-assured.

Starting off his performances

Feeling a little bit uptight;

But then all of a sudden

All my worries seem to subside

 As I put the mic aside

So then I can make proper use

Of the entire theatrical space

Where I am able to unfold my creative grace 

Among the rowdy crowd

As I skip and loop around,

As I throw myself onto the ground.

Breaking down

Infectious expectations

That don’t align with the abnormalities

Of my Peruvian personality.

I love being that poet,

Whose monologues are mostly conveyed

Through self-healing incantations

Through fleshy gesticulations,

Attempting to bring peaceful awareness

By getting rid of all your mental tribulations.

Using my mouth

As artillery

And my words

As an auxiliary

For the misinterpreted,

Misrepresented minority.

And even though I might not

Fit in with the vast majority,

I am still going to keep on projecting

The most genuine expression of myself.

Because if there is something I have learned

Through embellishing approbations

And multiple bitter rejections

Is that at the end of the day,

Being yourself 

Is the most powerful thing

We can possibly ever do.

© Piero G. Sarmiento Alosilla

Excerpt from the book Poems of Provocative Motivation

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About the Author

Piero G. Sarmiento Alosilla is a theatrical poet, medical interpreter and a multilingual educator from Lima, Peru. He was raised in an artistic world, due to his parents’ involvement in the fields of Dramatic Arts, Painting, Screen-Writing and TV Production. In 2014, Piero moved to Washington D.C. where he discovered his passion for Spoken Word Poetry and Motivational Speaking. Piero uses poetry as therapeutic tool to heal, provoke inspiration and arise feelings of cathartic joy to audiences across the globe. He mostly writes about self-help, touching upon the concepts of gratitude, optimism and interracial relations in the form of satire. He is a holistic and energetic artist who intends to raise awareness with his spiritual approach.

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