The You That You Are

The You That You Are

No turning back

Not after what’s done

You cannot run

The truth you confine

It shapes and defines

 

The you that you are

 

Mistakes and missteps

Success or neglect

Lest we forget

The path you paved

In turn made

 

The you that you are

 

Worthless self-worth

No one deserving

There is no earning

Or finding how to

Have a reason to value

 

The you that you are

The ideal too far

 

You need to know though

You are unique

But the pain you keep

Distorts the you that you could be

 

As if pain and the future are one in the same

But it doesn’t have to be

Who you will see

 

Permanent penance

Can give way to grace

Stopping the race

To force repentance

 

You cannot fix what’s been done

The past can’t change

But the future remains

Self-worth in the rising sun

 

With each new day

You must know that

No matter where you’re at

You have a say deciding

 

The you that you are

The you that you will see

And the you, you’re bound to be

 

This poem was inspired by a co-worker of mine struggling with self-worth. Something I believe we all experience in one form or another.

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