On Being One's Self
I have a friend
Who said to me,
' You are not
Who I thought
You were -
Nor what I expected
You to be. '
What could I reply?
I am me.
I am who I am.
I am what I am.
I have only to be myself -
Who nor what any other
Expects me to be.
In being me
I and all around me
Exactly as needs be -
Is that exact!
And this is how
All others -
You are free to be
In experiencing you
And you, me,
Both our lives
© M. Barrett – all rights reserved
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