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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!

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