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 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Poetry
  Posted: May 18, 2020      Views: 77

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RAFFAELINA LOWCOCK 

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Know Thyself
"To Thine Own Self Be True" by Raffaelina Lowcock
You didn’t know the way you felt
When you were oh so young
You wondered about this and that
As you studied through the years
 
You heard what folks would talk about
When they didn't know you’d hear
How they described you was not true
As you heard their strange conception
 
You wondered how they came to think
That you were what you're not
You knew for sure that was not you
And so not true you came to realize
 
But now that you have lived
You know the world more closely
You contemplate and analyze
The things most near your heart
 
You meditate, you cogitate
Examine what is false or true
That entertains your mind
The authentic way you really think
 
At last, you know of what you're made
And you are quite content
You are not what others say
You know your soul, and you are in control
 
Because as Shakespeare said...

"This above all: To thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day 
Thou canst not be false to any man."

 

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Author Notes
Defining what we are about can last a lifetime and change from one moment
to the next so drastically that one wonders what put credence to the original
definition, if there was one.

It starts somewhere in the very early formative years as a mixture of what we hear adults saying about us and grabbing the idea of what we want to be. And, of course, as we continue on with our life and development we are open to a myriad of opinionated friends, relatives, associates, employers, school chums, and fellow employees, to whom we are a million different things that we never were or would be. Then how, out of all this information formed about us, either known, accidentally heard, third hand gossiped, and given to us by some well-intentioned friend, partner, husband, wife, son, daughter, sister or brother, do we finally make sense out of what we are, want, need or wish to be.

If one is lucky, there is a time in your life when it is essential to study your feelings
and answer the question for your own immediate peace of mind. At this point,
you become serious about words and begin an examination; subconsciously, concurrently- of every thought and emotion to more or less separate the wheat from the chaff.

You don't just all-of-a-sudden know who you are or what your purpose. No, you have made a commitment to yourself. A somewhat tacit agreement to "Know Thyself." Once this is done, life takes on a new meaning and anticipation. From then on everything is interesting because in the context of your commitment you need to know a lot more about the subject than you would previously have cared to know.

Thanks for reading.
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