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Who Am I?

by Deepa Gulabani
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who am I poem

“Where do I belong” is an 
ongoing odyssey.
Questions like identity, purpose, 
Self-worth, belonging, roles, and masks 
become constant companions
Seeking truths I know are there.

My security blanket, the inner self,
Echoes wisdom from my hidden place. 
Where do I belong? asked the mind.
Do I belong to the 
roles I play each day?
My inner self said,
No that belongs to the cosmic drama.

What would you carry in the 
afterlife knapsack?
Will you carry the valuables you collected?
But they belong to the Earth!
Will you carry memories?
But they belong to time!

Relationships?
But they belong to the path you travel!
Your creativity belongs to situations!
Your body belongs to nature!
Your existence belongs to the universe!
Would you carry your soul?
But your soul belongs to the creator!!!

Nothing belongs to me? 
True! Nothing ever belonged to you!
Was it an epiphany,
or an ugly truth,
that I chose to ignore.

Then what is mine??
And the inner voice unveiled the truth 
“Your Experiences”
“Your Moments“

Boom!!! I had an awakening,  
All the mental chatter quietens down.
My inner self was peaceful 
for it reflected the truth.
Through this secret, sacred talk 
My inner voice became my constant companion 
A deeper understanding springs

Where do I belong?

I belong to the love I give and receive.
I belong to the roles shaped by my will!
I belong to the moments that I craft!
In these intangible moments 
My legacy, I see.

Illustration courtesy Pixabay

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6 comments

Tasnim June 12, 2024 - 11:07 am

Such a well expressed piece . High on emotions. Will keep coming back to this poem as reading it once is not enough. Opens up a new layer each time

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Vinita June 11, 2024 - 6:06 pm

Very Beautifully expressed

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Nazneen yonus June 11, 2024 - 3:31 pm

Beautifully written, Very heart touching!

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Pragya Ojha June 10, 2024 - 7:38 am

One of the most authentic, relatable and empowering poem…very unique and surreal approach in writing….looking forward to read more poems from Deepa Gulabani.

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Shruti chottai June 8, 2024 - 12:34 pm

You are a master with your words.. Beautifully explained…😊

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Deepika Gampa June 8, 2024 - 4:34 am

Amazing! Looks like she has written on behalf of every person! Just beautifully expressed her thoughts and feelings!

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