Self Knowledge

Strip off this mask, and all pretence

At confidence, and competence

Illusions of power and importance

Take off the guise, be vulnerable.

Pull off those clothes and trappings

Fabric of lies, proud wrappings

Relinquish fashion’s flappings

You are human underneath.

Go down to skin and honesty

The beauty of imperfection,

Down to the truth and liberty

Of owning who you are.

Release the weight of fitting in,

Conformity a heavy load,

Let go the need to be approved,

Rejoice in naked freedom.

Flay off the skin, all that is you,

The sense of self, the old, the new,

Tear away all you held true,

Let this sacrifice be brutal.

Strip away the tender layers

Identity no more than wares

Broken with tears, and with prayers

What else is there in you?

Go down to the bone, the last,

Splintering fragments of certainty.

Go further, to the heart, the guts

The entrails of your soul.

Life will dismantle you,

Journey though, and beyond pain,

Show the last spark

That is your core and essence.

Then you will know.

3 thoughts on “Self Knowledge”

  1. You should send some of these off to Poetry contests or magazines specializing in this. I know there isn’t a huge fortune to be made for poets, but you have a talent that shouldn’t be stuffed away.


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