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Friday, July 08, 2016

The Schism of I


I too was once like you,
Believing through and through.
Standing tall and feeling proud,
Trusting in causes so avowed,
To find my place in the crowd,
Maddened emotion out loud.

I too was once like you,
Egged on to be like you.
Forced to find a dream,
To live my life by theme,
Dictated by what seemed,
Addition to the scheme.

I too was once like you,
Seeking out what was true.
Speaking from my heart of hearts,
Relying on my counterparts,
Learning this game from the start,
Where lying was the only art.

I too was once like you,
Measured tongue and balanced view.
But then it dawned on me,
Like a hidden reverie,
That life was all about me,
And my permitted captivity.

I once tried to be like you,
But I gave up your world view.
I saw death in development,
Heard lies of the Establishment,
Saw greed masked as benevolent,
Murdering the penitent.

Then, I tried to be like me,
As me, as me could ever be.
But so was foretold my decline,
Through lifeless beauty of the divine,
That created fences to confine,
To be herded like cattle, by swine.

Now, I am who I be,
Being loyal only to me.
Making real sense of what I see,
Letting go, to live so very free,
Accepting my time eagerly,
Knowing that my world is made by me.
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