Who Was I?

Who Was I?

A Poem by gorillarock

An introspective piece on the act of writing


Black ink flows from nib to parchment
Patterns trail as motion carries the pen
A system of scribbles, words form
Capturing all that can be said

A moment of life and a thought preserved
To be owned, shared, recalled, and forgotten
To be read now, later, and before
To express ones self for all or none
To re-live the self of that moment

... and then we find a page forgotten ...

I look back at the words from my hand, I ask
Who was I?

Familiar words and tempo strike the eye, I ask
Who was I?

My heart pounds from the memories so vivid, and yet I still ask
Who was I?

This person is not the same as I
Spoken in ways I would not echo
With hate, love, light and darkness. I disagree
This person is me? This person is me?

... but I am not this person ...

I am the one who released his hate
I am the one who nourished his heart
I am the one who harnessed his light
and used it to evict his darkness

So no, I am not this person I was
But I know this was my self...

... and now I capture who I am
With these words I write are for all to read
Scribbled to me alone
To read now, then later
and from then, before
My own work, words, and heart
A person I forgot I was

Who was I?

© 2017 gorillarock

Author's Note

It's been two years since I last wrote and put it out in the world. This is the evenings poem that follows some review of my older works. I have one issue with this piece, but will present to you anyway as an incomplete work! After all, it's the happy little accidents that make a painting special :)

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From a general perspective, I think this is flawless. The theme of locking in our identity through time is very well done.

Personally, I would look to reduce the length. However, I am a type of person who loves short, sweet, and strong writing. Nonetheless, I am impressed.

Posted 9 Months Ago


9 Months Ago

Thank you for your kind review! I have only two short pieces for now; Gorgeous Day, and An Exact Tru.. read more

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Added on December 31, 2017
Last Updated on December 31, 2017



Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

I like words so much I started learning Spanish to learn more words! :) more..

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A Poem by gorillarock