Treasure Island

Mike Barrett

(June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

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 -
NOT
Who nor what any other
Expects me to be.

In being me
I and all around me
Experience me
Exactly as needs be -
ITs law
Is that exact!

And this is how
I experience
All others -
Including you!

With me,
You are free to be
Yourself.

In experiencing you
As yourself,
And you, me,
as myself,
Both our lives
Are bettered,
AND
Even better,
ITs will
Is served!


© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Submitted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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A poem which arrived during the early '90s following a contemplation on the notion of the 'self'.

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