Losing Yourself

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - MTB:  Fall Seven Times,
Stand Up Eight -- Guest Host:  Anna Montgomery

"Gnomic poetry is the long lived and loved practice of moralizing in verse. This places gnomic poetry squarely in the wisdom literature tradition. In its initial form, early Greek gnomic poetry was expressed with aphorisms or any saying that encapsulates, in a pithy manner, advice on how to (or how not to) live."

"The choice is yours, but the focal point of your poem must have a moral or assert a philosophical position on life."

Do you know
who you are?
Dependency on
spouse, lover,
or friend undermines
independence.  Without
noticing the subtle
changes, you suddenly
find their beliefs
are yours, their 
opinions are yours.
You become lost.
Do not allow all
those  puzzle pieces
that make up you,
to bend, change, or
disappear, so that
you become someone
else's finished product.
Think.  Look around
Do you know
who you are?
Define yourself.


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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18 Responses to Losing Yourself

  1. VJ says:

    This hit home. After my marriage fell apart, I struggled to figure out who I was absent spouse and children.


  2. Sadje says:

    This is excellent advice.


  3. Anna says:

    To thine own self be true, perhaps the hardest maxim to live. A wonderful response to the prompt!


  4. kittysverses says:

    Great words. 🙂


  5. Eugenia says:

    Your piece is full of wisdom! I love it.


  6. Grace says:

    Love the message – define yourself!


  7. We often allow ourselves to be defined by others. Wise words.


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