Consciousness (How Do I Know I'm Me?) - Poem by Kelly Kurt
Is that what I am?
Out of the billions of bodies that exist
Why am I in this one, now?
Could I just as easily have been a woman?
Or not at all?
I am reasonably sure that I am aware
I am all but certain that I’m not you
Experience has indicated that my thoughts are isolated
Whether in my brain, mind or
Is consciousness merely an emergent property?
A quantum state?
If it is who we are, who I am
Where was I before I was aware that I am?
Did I choose this time, this place, this body?
Despite all the pains in my life
Physical and emotional
I would not want to be anyone but me
The thought is terrifying
So in my tumble-down chair, I sit
Alone with my thoughts
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