Authentic You

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Authenticity  (posted by Susan)
“What makes each of us authentic? Where and when are we most authentic? Do people perceive us as inauthentic if we change? In what ways does authenticity shape anyone’s writing and art?” 

“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.”
― W.H. Auden

People are authentic
in the company of
their families. From
child to adult, through
birthdays, holidays,
weddings, and illnesses,
you are yourself
because these are the
people who have known
you all your life. They
have come to accept
your low points as well
as your successes. Writing
from the heart always has
a kernel of pure truth
in it, an authentic moment.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Authentic You

  1. susanstoo says:

    This poem, too, is an authentic moment. I sense that you could add to the list! Nicely done.


  2. sanaarizvi says:

    This is very beautifully written, Sara! Touched me to the core! ❤️❤️❤️


  3. Sherry Marr says:

    So true. If we can’t be ourselves with our families, it is a sad thing.


  4. Rob says:

    Authenticity is golden. Even some families are not authentic though, but I guess that’s a matter of interpretation of what authentic is. Love your poem.


  5. Marja says:

    Lovely poem and yes wisdom spoken Family is sure a place were you can be completely authentic


  6. Yes … if one is fortunate to grow up in an accepting family. And indeed, authenticity in poetry is vital.


  7. Hamzah Pilus says:

    People are authentic
    in the company of
    their families.

    Very true Sara! Mainly because one feels comfortable with dear ones. They are willing to give way and to,forgive and forget. For that reason one can be as authentic as being ourselves without hurting (which may be difficult connecting with others)



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