Monday, March 01, 2010

I'm a Walrus

Who are you? she asked.

The question caught me by surprise.

The only answer that came immediately to mind was Why, I'm you.

But that's not precisely right.

I am you, yes. But there's ever so much more.
I am he who lies sleeping with a tiny satisfied smile on his face. I am she of whom you dream. I am they who got under your skin. I am mother, father, sister, brother...child.

I am those we work with, play with, drink copious amounts with. I am those we love and those we hate.

I am no one and everyone - large and small.
I am crone and I am the fool.

I am nothing and everything.
I am darkness and I am light.
I am kittens and I am snake.

I am a mosaic of people, places, choices.

No more.
No less.

But then you already know this...

Because I am you.

Do I contradict myself?
Very well, I contradict myself.
I am large -
I contain multitudes.

-Walt Whitman from Song of Myself

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