I Presume

I Presume

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

A poem about identity.


I Presume


September 23, 1988

Who do I think I am?
Is it presumptuous of me
To ask questions
About the world?

Is it presumptuous of me
To want to know
Why I am who I am?
I like to think not.

I like to believe
That I matter.
But who am I?
What business is it of mine
To ask questions?

I could not comprehend
The answers if I knew them.
That must be the case.

After all,
I have not been able
To learn the answers.
Maybe there are no answers.

Maybe that is why
I cannot find any.
But, then,
Why are there questions?

Maybe it is only why
That has no answer.
I don't know.
I probably never will.

But I will keep asking.
Just who do I think I am?

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 19. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 9, 2017
Last Updated on November 9, 2017
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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..