Last week I wrote a poem, but hadn’t decided when/where or if I would share it. I showed it to a friend and she said, “Oh my gosh I love it!!! It has a bit of a Dr. Seuss feel to it which I love. I can see this accompanied by some great illustrations Way to go!!! xox”
Then I woke up to this news: It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday today! He would have been 112. So, in light of that synchronicity… I give you
“I’m just me.”
I’m just me and that’s all I can be.
You’re just you and that’s all you can do too.
And it’s more than okay
for us to be that way,
Because we don’t need to be other stuff to make us enough.
We don’t need the praises, the things, and the approval.
In fact, too much of that stuff is cause for our removal
From who we are inside, what we know to be true,
Like when you look at me, or I look at you.
When we look in the mirror, too often we stare with fury.
We don’t see the love, the joy, and the beauty.
We stress over what we are not, or wished that we were,
Like him, or them, or anybody… especially her!
We notice the hurt, the pain, and the flaws.
We only see blemishes, while craving applause.
We want what we think will bring peace to our hearts.
We search for the answers in everything that keeps us apart.
Apart from ourselves, apart from each other,
Forever in competition, one always better than another.
There is no judgment, no comparison to be made,
Because we are all perfect – inside and out – in our own ways.
So, you just do you, and I’ll just do me,
And together we’ll make this world
A happier place to be.
©2016 Martina E. Faulkner