A Poem for Your True Self

I don’t often write poetry, but a couple of years ago, a poem so needed to be born that it wriggled right out of me and onto my computer. I came across it recently and realized that it says exactly what I want to say to myself and to you about letting go of what we no longer need: our fear. So, here it is, with hopes it will speak to the voice in you that is ready to let go of everything you’re not. Like the upcoming fall colors, that true self is just waiting to burst forth in all its glory.

You have always been who you are
Even when you thought you were hiding from the world.
Even when you thought you were invisible,
Covered up your light,
Made funny faces,
Pretended to be dumb and mute,
Ran like you were headed for the circus,
Lied and cried and stomped your feet
Like a two-year-old,
You have always been the eternal You.

So the question is this:
Do you want to keep hiding,
Turning your head and going to the movies?
Or do you want to put the weapons down,
Gather up the world in your shawl with
Welcomes and coos of acceptance?

It is so easy to be you.
It is the easiest thing you could do.
Just stop fighting,
Stop resisting,
Stop delaying and doing card tricks, and
Begin by saying, “I am.”

—Debra Landwehr Engle


3 Responses to “A Poem for Your True Self”

  1. Pam Riley says:

    As a fledgling poet myself, I loved your poem this month. It’s lovely. Congratulations!
    I continue to fill my notebook and my computer with many poems started. I have finally made the decision to retire from my job next year. Yea! Having done so, I’ve discovered this year is in many ways more difficult because I’m itching to get on with my life! But I’m also attempting to be attentive to the needs of this job that has been good to me for many years, and take care of the clients who are depending on me to help them, despite my thoughts wandering to other more exciting things I’d like to be doing.
    Due to the business load right now, I’ve had very little time to work on Noah and my book, but I will do so. He’s busy as well being a freshman–so it may take us awhile to get through the next steps.
    Take care. Enjoy your fall!

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