Am I True to Myself? – a poem by Edgar A. Guest

Recently, through my readings, I became acquainted with the poetry of Edgar Guest. I’ve never read any of his poetry before, so I checked up a little about him through Wikipedia and was surprised to find out that he was actually a famous poet. Here is one of his famous poems, entitled “Am I True to Myself?”. It speaks on integrity and keeping your conscience intact.

Myself – by Edgar Guest

(Image of a rocking chair beautifully taken by Shannon DuSablon, visit her  Flickr page here.)

I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
the kind of person I really am,
I don’t want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.

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