Who I Am - (Original Poem and Self-Portrait Painting)

in poem •  9 months ago

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I am made from

the perseverance and kindness of my mother,

and the knowledge and patience from my father.

My mind tangled with

overwhelming emotions that I try too hard to suppress,

and memories that light up my eyes with wonder

filling my stomach with warmth and purpose.

Experiences that shaped a heart of empathy

having been far down in the pit of despair

once strangers that are no longer, helped me find clarity.

Chapped lips and a quick tongue

I fear to say something too fast,

without a second thought

having unintentionally stung.

Inside are taped up cracks and stitched holes

knowing all too well I could have helped myself

out of a toxic relationship by just taking control.

Inside are bones and bad blood circulation

all the caffeine, drugs and nicotine consumption

coping mechanisms acquired over the years for a fix,

a pleasurable sensation

to balance out the losses, betrayals, deaths, and depression.

Passions, soul, and substances all churning and rumbling mixed about

I used to be good at self-sabotaging

now I’m trying to pace myself so I don’t get worn out.

I am made from

every kind encounter I’ve had with a selfless stranger,

laughter from my friends and lovers

sounds of sweet nothings but the wind in nature.

My ears filled with

the first time you told me you loved me

and the voices that allowed me to overcome tragedy

songs that carried me away in bliss

with only a simple tone or melody.

My eyes deep and dark like the color of soil after the rain falls

squinting through thick glasses trying to see clearly past life’s pitfalls.

I’m constantly inspired by the world around me

Always wanting to try it myself so I can experience it all.

Jack of all trades, but a master at none.

I feel like there so much to learn and so much to see

it’s hard to pick just one thing to be.

I can barely even attempt to fathom

what else life has in store for me.


Orginal poem and artwork by yours truly.

I was inspired to write this poem after reading, “Who Am I?” by Ming D Liu.

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I have selected your post to be presented in a live curation discussion on Monday 26th February. Your post will be awarded with a 100 Whaleshares vote on the night. I do hope you can come along and spectate. The event will be held in The Curation Lounge on the Whaleshares server.
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Wow. Thank you! That really means a lot considering how personal this post is to me. I'll try to make it in the discord by tonight. Will I still be able to receive the nomination if I'm not able to make it?

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Show starts in 3 hours, 45 mins.
We don't need to hear from you, though; it's a done deal.
Beautiful post, very well deserved.

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Thank you so much Matt. I feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing someone else thinks my poetry and art deserves more recognition ♡

Beautiful post, I am so glad someone selected it for our curation team tonight!

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I'm so thankful it was selected as well!! Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment ♡

A beautiful introspection. I love it.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in poetry @mrslauren.

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Thank you seablue <3

Thanks for sharing what you are made of so beautifully and isn't it beautiful we are all made of unique. Hugs

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That was GREAT!

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Thank you :)

You got an upvote from @nextvote community!

Very good poem :)
I love this line:

My ears filled with the first time you told me you loved me

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Thank you :)

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What is it exactly?

Poetry is my favourite subject......
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What a lovely poem! Upvoted:)

This post has received a 7.91 % upvote from @boomerang thanks to: @mrslauren

Great poem and painting...l