Patti Masterman


I am That


Behind the movies scenes, behind the protagonist's smiles,
Beneath the orchestra's strings, back of the ticket booths,
There is a message found in all of this;
That this is the now, and you are here alive,
As alive as anything that ever lived,
Furthermore, this is not a dream;
Though if it were, it would be the most wonderful dream imaginable,
Even though it's impossibly, unbelievably true,
And you want to keep on having it-
This dream- for as long as you can,
Because being alive is such a splendid
Once-in-a-lifetime, first-run, no-repeat event;
It's worth everything it has ever cost you or anybody else,
Because you're now one of the wealthiest creatures on the planet-
In all your improbable aliveness.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Edited: Thursday, July 07, 2011

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Comments about this poem (I am That by Patti Masterman )

  • Rookie - 70 Points Johnathan Juarez (9/16/2014 9:29:00 AM)

    wow a great point of view (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,738 Points Smoky Hoss (7/9/2014 7:33:00 AM)

    Love the language you use in this one, very, very good! Reminds me somewhat of my favorite writer, Frederick Buechner, words of a flowing-mystic, comprised of wonder and awe. Exquisite. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,106 Points Hans Vr (6/24/2011 5:43:00 AM)

    Very important philosophical issue. It is just so unlikely to be born. Can you imagine if anyone of the millions of our ancestors (we have two parents,4 grand parents, then 8 great grand parents, then 16... and so it goes exponentially up) would have died in childhood by accident or disease, we would not have been here! ! To chance to be here alive as a human is indeed soooooo small. And yet, we tend to make it sometimes so miserable for ourselves. You are perfectly right, Patti, Enjoy the miracle of living every second. (Report) Reply

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