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              Never shed your skin
       like snakes often do. You lose 
            your core sense of self;  
                 large chunks of it
            wearing an ersatz skin.

           Being precisely yourself
            is being blissfully free. 
            Are you free? At peace?
             Does your soul dance
        with unalloyed contentment?

                If false, why not be
    the same face staring back at you
           in the mirror? Why not be 
               the same beautifully 
          imperfect you in solitude?

           Be content wearing only
           your own mask. So what 
            if its cracked? Your skin
           is the only one you need.

           Stay as you are; not less,
     or greater than, or a carbon copy.
         Lest you become a stranger 
          in your own life; a prisoner
                   in your own skin.

Date written: 08/27/2019

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Date: 8/31/2019 1:00:00 PM
Well-done, Edward. Love the thoughts you put forth on self-deception. The phrase "beautifully imperfect" caught my eye and mind.
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Date: 8/31/2019 1:54:00 PM
Thank you, Reason A.:-) I'm glad this poem resonated with you!
Date: 8/28/2019 2:05:00 PM
Hello Edward Ibeh, This poem is well expressed. A message for everyone to read in poetry. Have a nice day my friend.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 8/28/2019 3:53:00 PM
Thank you so much, Darlene:-)
Date: 8/27/2019 4:14:00 PM
Beautifully expressed Edward. Your words ring true.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 8/27/2019 5:23:00 PM
Thank you, Chris:-)