Written for Margo’s Tuesday Tryouts on the subject of self. Perhaps another shot in the dark, but this is what came out. This time around anyway. 🙂

Who am I?

Who am I? (Photo credit: BuhSnarf)


that most often we

attempt to find and define

our self

after life has decided for us.


Husband to wife

            companion, provider, friend, lover

Father to child

            hardest and greatest of titles

Master to dog

            best for ego, constant love

Employee to boss

            dependent on performance

Servant to the Almighty

            a result of faith.


Artist will create versions of self

from canvas and clay,

musicians find a melody

to claim as their own.


The poet proclaims self

in reams of pages,

or hides it deep

within the murky ink.


Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

7 responses to “Self

  1. The poem got a “Huh…’ during the first stanza, as in ‘Huh, that’s interesting’ and an ‘Oho!’ when I read the last stanza. So, yes, it is 🙂

  2. What used to always bother me was if people talked about self solely as related to others in their life. Seems their husband was important, their kids and what they did, but they themselves did not express just who they were! Sometimes it seems that the ‘self’ really does get lost. I enjoyed your perspecrive here.

  3. tmhHoover

    Mark – I feel like Margo has left us out here with just a wimpy little life jacket. You did well.

  4. I love that first stanza. Truth.

  5. Shawna

    “after life has decided for us” … So true.

    (“Master to dog” … Your “r” in “Master” needs to be bolded. The same for “Father” too.)

    Love these:
    “Artist will create versions of self”
    “or hides it deep within the murky ink”

    Artists, musicians, and poets are probably the most likely to be concerned with concepts of self. The rest of the world is probably just out there being.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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