Who Am I? Poem by Clyde King

Who Am I?

Rating: 5.0


Who am I?
I don't know.
I'd give worlds to know
If that were possible.
I know I'm a human,
A male. That sums it up.
I know there are external
Forces beyond my ken
That mould me into a different
Person than I was the day
Before. If we metamorphose
Each day then it's nearly
Impossible to know
What and who we are anyway.

We get a glimpse of who we are
When we give into desires,
Confront challenges and conflict,
When we try to light the fire
That moves us to act. No
Matter how dire the straits
We find ourselves in.
Only when we are challenged
By that undefinable thing
Called life do we get to
Know ourselves.
"To be, or not to be,
That is the question" Hamlet
Asked himself.

Life holds up the mirror
And shows us what we are.
In moments of deepest vulnerability
And weakness do we see ourselves,
Unless the cataracts of self
Ignorance cloud our sight.
"Know thyself" admonished
Socrates. Good advice.
If we grope blindly through
Life we will miss the star
That makes our light shine.

We must have a code to live by
That only we know or the jackals
Of ignorance will rip off our flesh.
Life demands self knowledge
If we are to live authentically,
To own ourselves, to be able
To answer the question
"Who am I?

Who Am I?
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: self discovery
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
I often meditate on this subject.
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Khairul Ahsan 19 November 2020

'Life demands self knowledge If we are to live authentically, To own ourselves, to be able To answer the question " Who am I? ' - Loved these concluding lines. The poem gets 5 stars**** from me.

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Mike King 19 November 2020

Thank you very much. You’re right. The closing verses are a “call to action” that’s this type of poetry should have, Khairul.

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Mahtab Bangalee 19 November 2020

" Know thyself" old Polonious Told his son Laertes. If we grope blindly through Life we will miss the star That makes our light shine./// beautiful and thoughtful poem penned; nice philosophy is appended thru the words- know thyself; I enjoyed.....5*******

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Khairul Ahsan 19 November 2020

The poem leaves penetrating thoughts towards self discovery.

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Chinedu Dike 25 August 2021

A creative and compelling piece of poetry written with insight. Thanks for sharing and do remain enriched.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 28 December 2020

Each poem is closest personally constantly, we are individuals of a unique kind. No one poem is alike, I appreciate most this self discovery in these 47 lines of precious words added with the professionaly printed picture. One greatest Applause for YOU, dear Poet Clyde.

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me poet yeps poet 25 December 2020

it is pretty a bit too long and u have been rated a 5 starrer you then know who you r poet do read my moms smiles ud like it

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Kurt Shawver 22 November 2020

Insightful and profound work. We certainly are “multitudes”

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Dr Antony Theodore 21 November 2020

I know there are external Forces beyond my ken That mould me into a different Person than I was the day Before. If we metamorphose Each day then it's nearly Impossible to know. philosophizing about the perennial question who am I

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Clyde King

Clyde King

San Antonio, Texas
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