Be Yourself, or Conform Poem by Virginia Cairns
To be or not to be
That is the Shakespearean question
Still being asked today
Should I conform to the wishes of society?
Or shall I be myself,
And stand up to the world
If I were to be me,
Would you accept me,
Or turn me away?
If I conform,
Will I lose myself,
And become a clone of culture?
If I were to open myself up
Let you go where no one has gone before,
Would you leave?
If I were to be what you wish,
Would you be happy?
Would I die inside?
My greatest fear
Is to die alone
Unwanted and unloved
But I would rather that come true
Than be loved for what I am not
For becoming what you want
The only thing left for me to do
Is to be me,
Open up the box I have hidden away
Now it is time
For a choice to be made
One only you can make
Can you accept me as I am
The real me most don't know,
Or will you reject me?
Decide my dearest,
I will not wait forever
For I have made my choice!
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- Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
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- If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
- If, Rudyard Kipling
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- Who, Sri Aurobindo
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- Daffodils, William Wordsworth