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I Am What I Am

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I Am What I Am

My head slightly bent over a table of happiness.

My feet, sod with white lilacs, dance merrily 
to a moon stroke music of twilight night.

My finger-tips childishly sip 
the sweat of quill, like red wine of Mother Earth 
that runs down the skin of my heart.

Down in the chores of primal things 
I have been to the bowl aquarium, mostly at nights 
where I breathed and twitched with the fish, trying 
to catch the warm winks of stars. Ahh, 

I know all about human arts, although I 
dabble in the language of my adopted father; still
I know how to sketch 
in my own words a lovely butterfly, fluttering 
awhile in the night to say hello

and to kiss me, 
ere on a fluffy pillow 
of dreams 
I close my eyes. My name is nothing special, 
but honestly I am what I am… a poetry dancer, dancing 
with emotions for my fictitious lover.



Author’s note:  I wrote it in response to “The Invitation to Write”, by Gather 
Essentials: Writing Challenge, based on Carl Sandburg’s poem “Who Am I?”

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  1. Date: 8/14/2009 1:23:00 PM

    very good, enjoyed it greatly

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 11:47:00 AM

    Congratulations dear Ernesto.Your poem is wonderful.You deserve win.Best wishes, Fide

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 9:42:00 AM

    Ernesto,..Bravo on this beautiful poem,..and congrats on your win !

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 4:02:00 PM

    Congrats Ernesto. You are a poet. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 2:58:00 PM

    Congratulations on your featured poem this week! Great write!

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 2:29:00 PM

    Hi Ernesto - Congratulations on your win in the PSoup Contest! An excellent write! Respectfully, Joe

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:42:00 PM

    Congratulations, Ernesto, on your well deserved win. All best, Orma

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 7:15:00 AM

    Congratulatios Ernesto on your win. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 3:55:00 AM

    Warmest congrats Ernesto on this amazing piece of art! Well deserved. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:49:00 AM

    Hello Mr. Poet, yes, you are what you are. Once again, congratulations and may God continue to bless you with more power and success. ENJOY. Ernilando

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:35:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature poem this week Ernesto . Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 10:10:00 PM

    Awesome write. Glad to see you win, Ernesto! You're one of the best here at the Soup!! Congratulations.

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 11:56:00 AM

    Awesome E! I like the images in this poem. I can see them clearly. I like the red wine from Mother Earth. Great job! ~J

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 11:49:00 AM

    Way to go Ernest. This is a super win for you. Congratualtions! -ED-

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 11:09:00 AM

    Good for you! wonderful write and well deserved win. Love BG

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 9:25:00 AM

    My warmest congratulations to you dear on your awesome 5th placement… you are such a wonderful writer… please let your poetry pen keep dancing to the drum beat of your passions and poetrysoup-land. You are great. leke

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 6:59:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poem being placed > James

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 6:37:00 AM

    Wonderful writing, how thrilling to be among the "BIG" winners.....Congratulations !!!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 5:22:00 AM

    Congrats on a beautiful poem Ernesto!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 3:39:00 AM

    Congratulations!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 2:38:00 AM

    Congrats!!!!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 12:43:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win, very very nice poem

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:27:00 PM

    Congrats on your success in PS contest Ernesto .Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:05:00 PM

    Ernesto congratulations on placing Fifth in the Soup contest, Great job and wonderful to read you - God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 5/16/2009 1:43:00 PM

    This is excellent. One is able to glean the multicultural nature of this piece. It like the sparkle of the rainbow. Keep sketching, dabbling in languages, and our pillow fluffy to rest quietly, and comfortably. If you would also like to read some uplifting and inspirational pieces, check out my "2009 Best Christian Poetry Award" in the blog section, dated Sunday, May 10, 2009, regarding my book. Great job and God bless always! ~Joseph

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 9:47:00 PM

    Three great entries in a row, nice work...Raul

  1. Date: 9/4/2008 11:54:00 PM

    Imagism at its best Ernesto.like this phrase'the sweat of quill, like red wine of Mother Earth/that runs down the skin of my heart.'Rgds Bian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 8/16/2008 9:27:00 AM

    Ernesto, we are all better of if realize and believe we are who we are. This is a very touching piece, God Bless, Cile

  1. Date: 8/5/2008 11:01:00 AM

    a very beautiful piece well wrote.

  1. Date: 8/2/2008 8:08:00 PM

    SENSATIONAL! Packed full of beautiful dancing images and happy emotions that still linger in my mind as I write this. Lainie

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