A Metaphysical Dissertation on Being Who You Are

If nothing else,
don’t doubt yourself.
If nothing else,
don’t discount the wisdom
planted deep inside you
from the very moment
of your birth.
If nothing else,
don’t be afraid
to be yourself
in all your glory.
If nothing else,
don’t for a moment
waste your life wishing
you were something
or someone else.
Should you decide
you want to be
something more,
start first
by being who you are.
Chances are
you will find
no need to be anything
more than you already are.

Suggestion: Read this one speedily and it will hit you where it matters.
Pretend you are a machine gun reading this poem.
Click here to hear me read this poem.

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: http://www.donaldiannone.com Wisdom Work Press: https://wisdomworkpress.wordpress.com

10 thoughts on “A Metaphysical Dissertation on Being Who You Are

  1. sound advice i’d say
    i could feel the “machine gun” rhythm in my head
    but was waiting to hear it from you too 🙂

  2. Its takking me a bit of time to get back to my ormal self…But its good to be here back to your poetry ….

    Hope all is well

  3. I really like this one Don. It’s funny, but often, when I come to your blog, I find that you’ve posted a poem that speaks to me about the very thing I am dealing with at that moment, and it’s a comfort. Thank you.

    I read it out loud quickly as you suggested, and started to cry as I read these words
    “don’t discount the wisdom
    planted deep inside you
    from the very moment
    of your birth.”


  4. Thanks Blondie, Nasra, and Brenda for your comments.

    Nasra, please take care of yourself. Blessings of health to you.

    Blondie, good vibes are important in poetry.

    Brenda, I believe poetry’s power lies in the aloud reading of it. That’s nice this one touched you.

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