I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know,
I want to be able as days go by,
To look at myself straight in the eye.
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I’ve done.

I don’t want to hide on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking that nobody else will know
What kind of man I really am;
I don’t want to dress myself in sham.

I want to go with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men’s respect
And in this struggle for fame and pelf
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know
That I am a bluster and empty show.

I cannot hide myself from me;
I can see what others can never see;
I know what others can never know,
I cannot fool myself, and so

Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free.

-Edgar A. Guest


3 thoughts on “Myself

  1. Amazing B&W photo ! Very impressive shot ! Well done, you’re a great photographer and you’ve my vote on coolphotoblog from France for you ! I really love this shot ! I’m fan of your work !!!!!!!!!

  2. sounds lovely. i know how hard it is to accept oneself… more then not i do struggle with this same exact problem. i love this poem. it’s like a prayer and an anthem for all those who feel like they are not accepted…. this should be published. i seriously mean that, thank you.

    1. Belladonna I loved this poem too-and i do believe it is published (I am not the author,the author’s are linked to at the bottom of every poem that isn’t mine).

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