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NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 7- This is Me. That’s Me too!

For today’s prompt, Kyle Dargan suggests writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc.. These are all ways you could be described or lenses you could be viewed through. Now divide all of those things into lists of what makes you feel powerful and what makes you feel vulnerable. Now write a poem in which one of the identities from the first list contends or talks with an identity from the second list. This might turn out to be kind of a “heavy” exercise, emotionally, but I hope you will find the results enlightening.

When I started the poem, it felt heavy just like it was said. The entire process felt like an introspection and somewhere along the line, I felt the vulnerable me had to change to the stronger me for I wanted the world to know me only as a strong person. That was the part of me I liked, got the praise and got me recognition. However, writing the poem made me realize that the strong me would be incomplete if not for the other side of me. I enjoyed the journey I took while writing this poem. It was enlightening, no doubt. A wonderful exercise for everybody, not just those who write poetry.

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Confident, stylish, smart

That’s how they see me

Naive, sensitive, simple

That’s how they see you

You’re really quite the opposite of me

Dependent, indecisive, sacrificer

That’s what I think of you

Independent, decisive, go-getter

That’s what you know of me

I’m truly quite the opposite of you

Those that know you are clueless about me

For when you’re around, I’m not.

Those that know me are oblivious of you

For when I’m around, you’re not.

They say I could never be you Or you, me.

I hear them say, “She’s different” –

Demanding yet understanding

Quick yet patient

A fighter, a forgiver

She doesn’t give up, she’s focused, she’s fun…

I like what they say… I really do

And truly, I believe it’s all thanks to you…

Go on…Be who you are,

Don’t change and don’t let me too,

Remind me like you do, if ever I do,

You’re you and I appreciate that,

You make me a better person. That’s a fact!

You and I, two sides of the same coin…

I like how we meet, diverge and join…Again!

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20 Comments »

  1. Correct me, Smitha, if this was the poem you took some time to create. I am not sure how you do and you do it beautifully. I loved it. It reminded me that I have evolved as a person over the years, I have imbibed some, learnt some and corrected some – but in essence I am the same, the same person I always used to be. Thank you for this reminder in such a beautiful poem, Smitha.

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    • Yes Pranitha. You’re right. Very few actually just 5 or 6 of the people who know both sides of me and they are not my family actually also do not understand how the 2 sides were so distinct. Writing it down made it clearer. Thank you so, so much for your comment. I guess a few of us evolve and learn from life while many do not and need to then hear it from wise men or read books like chicken soup for the soul😀. We need to set up that meeting quick😊

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  2. You did complete justice to the prompt! Very well penned. I guess all of us have these faces…dependant at times, independent at others; confident at times, weak at others. But yes, at times it’s difficult to attribute both the opposite traits to the same person. Well done Smitha!

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  3. Again an awesome post and an interesting challenge. I like how you separated the two ‘yous’ and joined them again. Is there any particular site for this challenge or do you come up with these all by yourself?

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