Tamera Houghton Barrow

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POETRY CORNER
TO BE OR NOT TO BE ME

By Tamera Houghton Barrow

Often times we see ourselves
Envisioned thoughts of others,
We act and plan to those results
Instead of our own druthers.

Being who we really are
Is camouflaged by pride,
We can’t allow our inner self
Exposed to those outside.

We struggle daily to comply
To others’ judgment call,
So if we fail to measure up,
Our self-esteem will fall.

And as it spirals ever down
With no chance of return,
We become like someone else,
Someone we don’t discern.

But if we will remember,
Being perfect in others’ eyes,
Is not the most important thing
For each of us to rise.

After all is said and done,
No matter what we do.
We won’t have failed at anything,
If, to our self we’re true.