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All Just Some Familiar Strangers: A Poem

Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.


Everybody is just a stranger, but that's the danger of going my way.

-- John Mayer

Nobody knows me better than I

and I'm still discovering who I am

no matter how hard anyone may try

it would be like extracting fruit from jam.

People are strangers much more than they know

disclosing selectively how much they choose

so it's all nothing but a spectacular show

either upsetting of meant to amuse.

Actors being audience at same time

laboring hard to meet at half way

all confessions not worth a dime

enigmas no matter what we say.

Spending a lifetime with someone very close

but that intimate world is a secret to others

it stays superficial what everyone knows

from parents, to spouses, to brothers.

We just form their image looking complete

of everyone in life with whom we're dealing

so we stay strangers from first time we meet

not in touch with true selves and their feeling.

Language we use doesn't make us closer

for there are lies we collectively cherish

and trying to read others' minds, no sir

good for us, or else we might perish.

So here I am, a stranger to me

and more of it to you as well

it's the only truth I can see

others so reluctant to tell.

© 2022 Val Karas