I Just Am

I Just Am

A Poem by Ian Faraway

A poem I will recite outloud in a school SLAM contest.


I am not a warrior

Or a lifesaver

I am not special

Or another face in a crowd

That is the conclusion I came to


"Why are you so depressed?" A friend asked

And I told them my story, my life

"Someone your age shouldn't have to go through that"

"Well," I replied," I would be worse off if I didn't"

"How so?"

"Becuase I learned a lesson in life"


I am not optimistic

Or pessimistic

I am not dumb

Or smart

That is the conclusion I came to


"Young man, why do you always seem upset?"

An elder man once asked

And I told him my story, my life

"How do you live?" He asked

"I live for others. To be there when others aren't"

"You are very brave" He finished


I am not brave

Or a coward

I am not immature

Or mature


I have told my story time and time again

To all who were interested

Not for sympathy, but for knowledge

Hoping my words, my life, would change people's views

To encourage them to live life and help others


I am not a warrior

Or a lifesaver


I just am


© 2011 Ian Faraway

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I love the message behind this poem. Accept yourself as who you are, none less none more. I enjoyed the read so very much.

Posted 8 Years Ago

That is great i love the way you don't tell what your life story is.

Posted 8 Years Ago

I'd like to comment on the thumbnail you chose for this poem. The poem itself is a great read, and very expressive of how we simply exist and ARE! But the picture itself is of a story I remember, "Man on Wire," a beautiful documentary. Coupled with your words, this makes for a most powerful line by line reminded that "we just ARE"

Posted 9 Years Ago

I love the dichotomy of this piece. "I am not special or another face in the crowd." Society loves to put labels on things, ususally being of one extreme, or the other. I love that you are happy to just be; maybe more of us should take this lesson from you, and appreciate who we are.

Posted 9 Years Ago

A very good poem. Each of us can do many things. Take many strengths and minds to accomplish great things. I like the way you told the story and the desire of the poem.
"I am not a warrior
Or a lifesaver
I just am"
Thank you for the excellent poem.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Brilliant arrangement of words makes this stand out and gives this reader something to ponder upon.

Posted 9 Years Ago

this is insperationaly i think ill start writing more poems again ^_^ nicely done

Posted 9 Years Ago

very interesting concept and creative as well i like how you wrote this in kind of a conversational manner great work

Posted 9 Years Ago

Contradicting perceptions of self leading to acceptance of reality and using the same for the benefit of others. Thought provoking and insightful Well penned. :)

Posted 9 Years Ago

thats really inspiring and easy to relate too. loved it :)

Posted 9 Years Ago

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