asma bahrainwala

I Am Built That Way

I am built that way—
No alterations can be made.

Everyone says—
You gotta be thick-skinned,
You gotta be manipulative,
You gotta be artful.

But to be all of these—
One’s gotta be vile.

For god’s sake, people—
Gimme a break.
Spare me, please—
Just let me be.

I am built that way—
And, no, alterations cannot be made.


1st September 2006

Poem Submitted: Friday, September 1, 2006
Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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  • Zubyre ParvezZubyre Parvez (8/13/2007 6:32:00 PM)

    Great poem: I always felt I was a little of everything I judged and what I saw around me but the only difference between men lies in the different degrees of intensities of their vices or virtue: how pronounced or if virtually nonexistent each virtue or vice is: that to me is the difference between what we loosely call a 'good' and a 'bad' person, its our delicate positioning between the tip of good and bad that makes us human, when we face ourselves as we are, without projection of shadow, but owning up to our horrid and most highest self. Its this strange paradox in which humans exists in our nature both terrifying gleeful etc and immortally beautiful, archetypal like Kali in a sense..hope this makes 'sense' too :) ..

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  • Nihal Nour (3/2/2007 3:20:00 AM)

    Wow, what a great poem :) . I only wish you can pay more attention to punctuation. For example, don't capitalize words that need not capitalization. It might be a matter of your style, I no know, its up to you. Also, it would be better not to use colloquial language like 'Gimme'. Best of luck.: D

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  • Alfredo Jacques (12/21/2006 11:39:00 AM)

    I just have to tell you great poem

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  • Abdul SattarAbdul Sattar (10/12/2006 11:46:00 AM)

    Nice and touchy lines. One may not be artficial. No alterations can be made to reality. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

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  • Daniel Roxburgh (10/9/2006 2:02:00 PM)

    Nice write Asma. We can never sell out. It leaves too dark a stain on our souls. Stay strong and stand on your own. It seems your doing quite well just the way you are!

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  • Brian DornBrian Dorn (9/28/2006 9:27:00 AM)

    Asma, I'd say the builder knew what they where doing when they made you... great stuff!
    Brian

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  • Melvina GermainMelvina Germain (9/2/2006 9:19:00 AM)

    The difference between the young and the old, Vile never has to come into play, one learns through life, more suitable ways to attain what is necessary to survive in this vast universe. A good expression of your feelings, pen to paper--Melvina

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  • Preeti - is here! (9/1/2006 12:28:00 AM)

    Asma, i loved the straightforwardness of this poem. It asserts the point very well!

    Preets

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  • William Jackson (9/1/2006 12:07:00 AM)

    Asma, this is a great write. I like the sentiment, and it flows well. The words roll off the tongue. I love the last two lines.

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