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Self Worth

Can we only judge ourselves
through other people's eyes?
Who's do we look through
to show us truth not lies?

Can we only gauge our worth
from others point of view?
Should we trust just anyone's
or be selective who?

Who gives the better portrait
is it either friend or foe
that shows us what we really are
and what we need to know?

A friend may fear to hurt us
a stranger has nothing to lose.
Who makes the picture clearer
who's opinion do we chose?

Is it how we see ourselves
that tells us how we rate?
Or do we need another soul
to give our value weight?

Copyright © Emma Mantle

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  1. Date: 6/12/2011 4:10:00 PM
    the push pull of your use of opposites is clever and full of the twists of relationsships. I thought it was great. Thanks for visiting me Emma

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 7:48:00 AM
    Wonderful message..I love the part about " a friend may fear to hurt us"..that stuck home. BG

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 11:34:00 AM
    Yes, how very true. Great poem, Emma : ) Jack

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 6:08:00 AM
    Very profound and thought-evoking, Emma. Great writing! Thank you for sharing and thank you for your ind comments. Elaine

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 5:24:00 AM
    Excellent piece, Emma. Very thought provoking and interesting. Great job. Thanks for your gracious comments. Have a great week. Any relation to Mickey? Best to you and yours. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 3:55:00 PM
    Emma, I emailed this one to my son at college. He struggles with this very thing, as so many of us do. It is going into"my favorites" collection. I will read it often. Thank you! Ellen

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 6:58:00 AM
    A very thought provoking write... Makes one wonder if a mirror is the opinions of those close is my moto...Just my thoughts....Michael

  1. Date: 3/20/2011 6:35:00 AM
    So thought provoking with such important questions. So often we become too attached to what others think about us. Even to the point that we lose ourselves. Crazy, isn't it? I sooo enjoyed this one! Ellen