Who We Are – a villanelle

It isn’t easy to change who we are
We all have to make choices in life
But we have to know what we want.

We are a product of our environment
We imitate those we grew up with
It isn’t easy to change who we are.

As we grow older a new path we find
It many not lead where we thought
But we have to know what we want.

We get advice from so many today
After all we live in an electronic age
It isn’t easy to change who we are.

Even with friends and family helping
We make and even repeat our mistakes
But we have to know what we want.

At times others convince us to change
Maybe the walk away, not looking back
It isn’t easy to change who we are
But we have to know what we want.

About graypoet

Just one that at times puts the words to the page and lets them fall as they might.
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3 Responses to Who We Are – a villanelle

  1. Cyan Ryan says:

    Sometimes we must commit to letting the door open a crack, and to allowing our eyes some time to adjust to the little bit of light let in, before we can get a better grip on how to handle it opening.

    If we open a door too quickly after being in the dark on the other side of it for a long time, opening it entirely too quickly can be painfully blinding, so much so that we may find ourselves closing it in the face of the ones who knocked on the other side of it, despite their knocking on it long enough for us to be able to feel our way to having a general idea where the door out of our darkness was.

    I don’t understand the inspiration behind this poem Charles, but if comes from a place of truth and not relative fiction, then that is my allegory advice, responding in kind to your metaphor about overwhelming environments and the abundance of advice competing for the claim to the decisions of one’s mind.

    I wouldn’t recommend someone decide things that may bring big changes without allowing time for themselves to adjust to and accept the line of best fit in the light of truth cutting through the darkness caused by their confusion about what they truly want to do with their life’s direction.

    Whether a person opens door 2 or goes back through door 1, decisively content with accepting staying on the comfort of the familiar, well-worn path that brought them to the second door, back to the life they are used to, which may not be all that rocky of a road, and pleasant enough to accept as a life worth living as it is… Sometimes if they do not let that door close, and continue down the road it opens their lives up to, they may remember fondly, the closing sentiment of that famous Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” that is often featured in High School English textbook, that ends thus:

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and Iā€”
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    • Cyan Ryan says:

      If you want me to keep reading in the future, I recommend responding to comments and returning the favor by reading and commenting on my own posts. I put time and energy into reading and commenting on people’s posts, but if they don’t reciprocate in kind I stop investing poetic niceties and creative pleasantries like these into unresponsive voids of wordpress comment feeds, and stop hoping to befriend said silent fellow poets. I’d rather invest my thinking-time and creativity-appreciation in places it doesn’t seem to go unnoticed like wasted breath and pointless thoughtfulness. It’s just good online social etiquette and time management, not personal man. šŸ™‚

      • graypoet says:

        Well Ryan, I do enjoy your comments and I’m sorry that I have been amiss in responding in kind. I don’t spend a lot of time on the blog, but I do try to read my followers and I comment when I find one that touches. Working full-time and putting family first, my blog is an outlet, not a passion as some have. I mean no offense and understand if you would rather invest your time elsewhere. Thanks for the kind words you have left thus far.

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