Self-examination

When I look at myself I wonder
At my classification of self.
Inconsequential features and form
Which are used to put me on a shelf.

Chameleon eyes:
Sometimes blue, often dull,
Also gray, really green.
They can shimmer and shine
And reflect where I’ve been.

Red bulbous nose:
A fitting description.
I appreciate smell,
A sensory skill, but
Wish size could display well.

Mischievous mouth:
Although not a sulker,
Red lips, large and pouting,
I’m argumentative -
Happiest when shouting!

So is that my face?
Does eyes, nose, mouth capture it?
More than sum of its parts?
What of my forehead, cheeks, chin?
Is this where it all starts?

Well-lived body:
Uncoordinated, yet
Very happy to dance.
More inclined to walk away
Than take a chance on romance.

Embracing arms:
Hands with bitten nails,
(A habit I can’t quit)
Wrists once scarred, now my strength,
Hugs for all who accept my wit.

Loosely held legs:
Open with invitation?
Long and adventurous limbs,
My feet and knees have journeyed
Through all of my many whims.

Triumphant torso:
Receptacle for my heart,
Which contains my pounding chest,
Confused by cumbersome breasts,
Shall I ever have my rest?

Sensory skill:
I definitely value sight;
I love texture and colour.
Likewise for music and sound;
Without which I’d be much duller.

Sensual desires:
I love to lick most things;
I am a slave to taste.
I also relish touch;
Nothing should be judged waste.

My character:
Complex personality,
Truly, like everyone,
I am unique and me,
So this poem is done.

Self-examination

msdebbie

Joined March 2009

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Wondering, wondering: how do we define ourselves? “Who am I?” is a constant question circling in my brain. I have no answers, of course! But enjoyed trying to piece together some of my own preoccupations with mind/body/spirit. Thank you for visiting Debworld, which according to the speculation of some of my greatest friends, might one day attract a website – to epitomise something along the lines of “what would deb do” (www.wwdd.com.au)

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