Edmund V. Strolis


Are You Tin Or Titanium? - Poem by Edmund V. Strolis

Step lightly around this mine field
Of insecure beings
Dear reader how is your mettle?
Are you tin or titanium?

What goes on there back stage
In your green room
Where you primp before the mirror
What do you reflect?

If I call you out will you rage?
Or like a violet shrink
Will you fume and shoot the messenger
Or take it to your grave

Rare is the person so self contained
Flexible and secure
Rare is the one who can stomach the barbs
Yes, I know you SAY you do.

If it helps you I will avert my eyes
And pretend not to see
Your ego bruised by imagined sleights
Thin skin hurt so easily

Bluster, beauty, material trappings
Well honed appearances
We are weakened by our lack of will
Shaken by our doubts.

Topic(s) of this poem: ego


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I have Kipling's 'IF' on my wall. Partly to remind me to live such a life and also to remind me that there actually exist people that are really self-aware enough to be confident in their own skins and brush off the criticism that will be part of life......IF indeed.

Comments about Are You Tin Or Titanium? by Edmund V. Strolis

  • Kelly Kurt (11/17/2015 11:25:00 AM)


    I am actually Pb (Lead) malleable, heavy and dense.: -)
    Ego has been one of the most destructive forces in mankind's history
    Thanks, Edmund
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/17/2015 5:02:00 AM)


    Step lightly around the mind field
    Of insecure beings...Very amazing and wise sharing with expressive mind...10
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Wednesday, December 23, 2015


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