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Poetry

No Self

Am I what my truth is in each moment? The ever-changing flicker of a flame That tumbles on a candle wick
Ignites a firestorm

Then turns into a crumb of embers Waiting for a gust to give her
A new life?

Ever growing Ever transforming

I am not what I was yesterday And yet I still am me

How confusing and contradictory For my fire to have so many forms Yet still never yet go out

I do not know who or what I am Only that I am
And that my changing
Is not an excuse to ignore

What rings true
To this love and want and heart

I may be gone
When night blows out the flame Or the ember
Imperceptible
Is taken somewhere new

But I must pledge my faith To each tiny seed of spark Or else I waste my life

Wasted waiting for permanence

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by kjmcbride

Kimberly Joy McBride is an actor and writer based in Los Angeles. Originally from New York City, she received her BA in Theatre from Northwestern University.

She writes poetry, prose, and screenplays, and she once got a joke on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. You can find more of her writing on her blog and Instagram.

In her spare time, Kimberly loves vegan cooking, hiking with friends, learning about psychology, and crying to Florence + The Machine songs. Her cat’s name is Senator, which should tell you everything you need to know about Kimberly.


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