“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”
—Walt Whitman “Song of Myself”
At d’Verse Poets we were challenged to write a self-portrait poem. On my other site, I written about my “many selves” perspective — one shared, perhaps, with Walt Whitman. In one of my many-selves posts I drew a diagram illustrating one of the the many common consequences of that view. For convenience, I include the diagram below my poem. It was fun trying to present the same notion through three different media: the post, the diagram and this poem. Critical comments are coveted — thank you!
My Many Selves
My mind may seem united
but I am a multitude of selves.
So when you hear contradictions,
“Very well then, I contradict myself.“
Some see me as a sloppy Buddhist,
with silly supersitious traits.
Some brand me an Atheist
bragging of our different fates.
Others declare me a materialist,
deploring my crass attitudes.
But I am fine with all of these:
“I am large, I contain multitudes.“
I can view my self as others do,
but that would be an equal mistake
to trying to discover my real self
or pretending I’m really awake.
— by Sabio Lantz, 10/28/12