Dennis Edwall Posted March 16, 2012 Share Posted March 16, 2012 For those who have not seen this, I would like to share with you this inspiring, feel-good poem. The author is Karl Bray, a fellow liberty-lover (and activist, I believe; more details welcome from anyone who knows more) whose life was tragically cut short early by cancer. Enjoy. Seeing MyselfByKarl J. BrayI looked in the mirror, and what did I see? A strong, silent friend, admiring me;I stood and I watched, and I studied that face, I saw no evasion, never a trace;I observed and I pondered the beauty in me, And saw myself calmly, saw what was me;I smiled so lightly, delighted and staid, With certainty and pleasure, I liked what I’d made;I knew as I stood there, aware of my mind, That I had matured, I now was defined;I laughed at the man and he laughed back at me, And I did in that instant love the ego in me;I continued with relish to admire that man, Seeing his image, his full self-command;I loved what I felt, this fine mental state, And I wanted it always, to always be great;I watched with full focus his implacable stand, And felt pure emotions, not tarnished or bland;I turned from the mirror, I knew I was free To be what I wanted, to be fully me;I challenged the world as never before, And built better structures, better and more;I worked and I studied, and wasted no time, And thought of the mirror, its image enshrined;I grew in self-knowledge, and came fully to see That the source of my courage, my greatness, is me;I traded with others, to our mutual reward, And because we were honest, we never did guard;I taught what I’d learned to other like minds, I earned their respect, gave payment in kind;I now do love others, and they do love me, But only because my first love was me;I write brilliant lines, and speak of my life, And sharing its value, a woman, my wife;I choose all my values, and I choose the good, With full conscious effort, I do as I should;I stand on the top of the world that I’ve made, And thank the reflection who was not afraid;I see that my purpose in life is my choice, And in this grand knowledge, I immensely rejoice;I trust only reason and rational man, And commit my whole being to my rational plan;I clearly see man as he is and should be, In a rational universe, open and free;I am as I was, the reflection is me, The creation is mine, the creator is me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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