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I am what I meet in
My mirror; a reflection
Of perception, an idea
That’s me. I am a bunch
Of parts, named like 
Constellations of stars
Real enough but labels all
The same. I am me and this;
Fleshy bipedal creature
That snorts and dozes and
Walks and talks and wonders
About, well everything.
I am a legacy of things gone
Before; the result of aeons
Of complex activity, of which
I am ignorant. I am what comes
Before things that will happen
Of which I am ignorant. I am a
Paper boat, riding a stream
Catching glimpses of dreams
That pass me by as I soak it
Up so much that I dissolve
And finally die!

Copyright © David Byrne

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  1. Date: 5/26/2010 4:50:00 PM
    Mesmerizing poem of eloquence and articulateness. Love, Susan

  1. Date: 4/11/2010 5:10:00 PM
    David, A very interesting study in self analysis and of releasing a bit of baggage along the way with the likely possibility of repeating it all again next time round. A wonderful perspective of the man in the mirror. Aloha, Connie

  1. Date: 4/7/2010 8:26:00 PM
    This is really well written, David. Quite an interesting way to look at your life. But these dreams can give meaning to your life, making you absorb good elements that can also pass on to the next generation making it better, progress, evolved. Your wording here is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Caroline.

  1. Date: 4/7/2010 5:29:00 AM
    Yes, we all sailing in the same boat and will dissolve together! What a lovely simple ending of the story!

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 7:18:00 PM
    Extraordinary write David and I look in your mirror and see friend.. who write so brilliantly...luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 12:39:00 PM
    A fav for this one!!

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 12:36:00 PM
    David this is deep in its simplicity. The ending with the anology to the paper boat blew me away. GREAT! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 11:39:00 AM
    Why? will be the answer when I finally die.

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 10:04:00 AM
    DEEP . Truely enjoyed.

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 8:05:00 AM
    Awesome write, David. I can see the paper boat sinking, but it is not you. I think you hitched a ride on a passing rainbow and soared out to the "constellations of stars." Enjoyed! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 5:01:00 AM
    You are an interesting person so don't soak up too much moisture ....Hang on and maybe someone will throw you a life perserver...Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work..Sara

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 4:20:00 AM
    enjoyed--don't dissolve! :)

  1. Date: 4/6/2010 12:47:00 AM
    Great imagery in your paper boat,riding a stream.catching a dream.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 4/5/2010 10:47:00 PM
    I am that paper boat too many times...and I am the what i meet in the mirror too..What my Heart,My Life reflects.You are many things I'm sure..One of which,You are a great writer..One poem for my favs..and the poet too..:)Charma