Who Am I?

Today we had to write a poem in the voice of a member of our family. It goes:- ‘This can be a good way to try to distance yourself from your own experience, without reaching so far away from your own life that it’s hard to come up with specific, realistic details. But watch out! This type of exercise can also dredge up a lot of feelings. So if you think writing in the voice of your grandfather will be too heavy, maybe try the voice of your four-year-old niece. Four-year-old problems might be a little lighter in scope.’ I deviated a bit from the prompt and didn’t write it from a family person’s point of view. It’s more from everyone’s point of view. Here goes:-

I stare into the mirror for a very long time

Trying to figure out what’s deep inside

What mind, that heart, that soul that body

The package that makes me a unique somebody

The things I learned as a child to grow

The good, the bad, the highs and the lows

They’re part of me but how did I know

What to hold on and what to let go?

What makes me laugh, what makes me cry

What makes me fight and reach for the sky

What makes me dumb, what cheers me up

What makes this me the person I am

I could go on with the questions galore

But the answers to those I only will know

By exploring myself inside and out

And doing this daily without a doubt

So to answer the question of ‘Who Am I’

I only can tell you as time goes by

I figure and learn and probe myself

In the hopes that someday I know myself

©NJ

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