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Love the Self

Poetry is turning out to be a very cathartic medium, I should do this more often.

Set the Mood

Take it to heart, you're the only one who really matters!

Take it to heart, you're the only one who really matters!

When you go left they will say right.

When you say bravery they will say fright.

Bask in the day and they’ll emerge at night.

Cry for peace and they find a fight.

You say buy and they say sell.

Yearn for heaven and they’ll offer hell.

Beg for life as they toll the bell.

Try to bring happiness they only quell.

Offer your love and receive their hate.

Define your own destiny and they bring your fate.

Strolling through life they bring end to your gate.

Prepare a meal of love and they’ll sully your plate.

Tears of joy they turn to a painful cry.

Enrich your life and they’ll hope you die.

Shooting you down when you want to fly.

What you accept they will always deny.

The world can make you oh so rough,

Bring you down with every bluff.

Stand strong and show them you are tough,

Let them know you’ve got the stuff.

The stuff that sets you apart from the crowd,

It makes them bitter as your passion is loud.

Allow them to burn the fields you’ve plowed,

There are the few who of you are proud.

More important than those very few,

Will be the one who forgets you’re you.

Look inside and you’ll know what to do,

Love the self and you’ll be born anew.


Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 17, 2020:

Thank you, Anupam, your compliment is very much welcomed and appreciated!

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on July 17, 2020:

So well composed poem on self love and self appreciation. Loved this one.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 16, 2020:

I'm very excited and happy for you, Kathryn, you deserve all the happiness and love the world can offer!

Kathryn Collins from UK on July 16, 2020:

Hi Kyker, thanks so much. I must have some in me. My boyfriend/ fiance (we met in 1994) writes and has written 3 novels. You can see one at Amazon if you look up Riven Calyx. It got to the point that I decided that divorce was better than suicide. As Mark jokingly told his friend, "she's getting divorced and needed another husband - might as well be me." and here I am in England now and things could not be better. He's told everyone he's with his best friend (now I can be like all those other people). Even his mom (with the posh accent as he explained it to me) called me to say hello and will soon invite us over. :-)

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 14, 2020:

I'm very happy to hear you are great friends with yourself!

Thanks for reading!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 14, 2020:

Enjoyed your poem. I live all alone and we are all good friends me, myself, and I.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 13, 2020:

Thank you, Ann, and that is a question I could answer in so many different ways I don't think anyone would have the time to really read it. Entire songs have told the story of loving others and despising the self, and even I know what it is like on a level I wish I could escape. Perhaps I'll need to do an article on the sentiment, because many people don't understand and empathize past the cliche of, "You can't love others if you don't love yourself."

Thanks for reading!

Ann Carr from SW England on July 13, 2020:

If we don't love ourselves, how can we love others?

Good tangents and good rhythm in this verse.


Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 12, 2020:

@Kathryn: I thought you were only moving down the road? I can't believe you decided to jump the entire ocean! I'm happy to hear you're still reading, and I'm waiting to see more poems from you once you get settled in!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 12, 2020:

@John: Self love is always a strange topic for me, because it is one that I cannot grasp and put into practice easily. All throughout life I've felt that fear and guilt even without reason, still now it comes on in waves, but I fight against them and keep pressing onward. We can't be perfect, but we can love ourselves for striving!

Thanks for reading, and keep on striving!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 12, 2020:

@Lorna: As time presses onward I am beginning to find that these sentiments you've expressed cannot be more true, and I dislike myself most when I'm attempting to live up to standards I did not set for myself. I'm very happy it resonated with you as well! You deserve all the self love you can handle!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on July 12, 2020:

@Ivana: Too true, and I always forget that I can't please the world. That silly expectation of the self blinds me to the weight on my shoulders, and eventually I get worn out and down about it. always have to stay aware of how the self is doing, and give ourselves the love we deserve!

Kathryn Collins from UK on July 12, 2020:

Great poem. I always enjoy reading from you. I want to get back to writing here eventually once I get over my jetlag from moving to England from Hawaii.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 12, 2020:

Yes, Kyler, we need to learn to love ourselves first and foremost. There are always those out there who will attack and oppose everything we say and do, but the one thing most of them have in common is that they don’t actually love themselves...everything they see makes them feel guilty or fearful.

It is impossible to please everyone, so we just need to be confident in ourselves and do what feels right to us. Great poem.

Lorna Lamon on July 12, 2020:

If you are truly content with who you are then it shouldn't matter what anyone else thinks. It's not always easy to ignore people who are out to cause pain and hurt, however, it says more about them. Be yourself and you will love yourself for it. This is a great poem Kyler which really resonated with me.

Ivana Divac from Serbia on July 12, 2020:

Everything about this poem is beautiful. Your writing style is, as always, sublime, the topic is very important, and the emotion is strong. We could never please the world, so we should try to please us, and be good enough for ourselves.

Thank you for sharing!

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