Strangers: A Poem

Updated on July 8, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Nobody knows me better than I

and I'm still discovering who I am

no matter how hard anyone may try

it's just like extracting fruit from a jam.


People are strangers more than they know

disclosing only as much as they choose

so it's all nothing but some big show

upsetting us or meant to amuse.


Actors being audience at the same time

trying in vain to meet each other half way

all of our confessions are not worth a dime

for we stay enigmas no matter what we say.


Language we use doesn't make us any closer

though there are things we collectively cherish

but to read others' minds, that we can't---no sir

fortunately for us, as that would make us perish.


So here I am a stranger to me

and a stranger to you just as well

it is the only our truth that I can see

like all others perhaps reluctant to tell.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      9 days ago from Canada

      Shannon---I am glad you agree with the poem. All the best to you.

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      Shannon Henry 

      9 days ago from Texas

      Ain't that the truth!

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      9 days ago from Canada

      Linda---To say it in the spirit of the poem above : You are a new name under my literary attempts, and I will do my best to "pretend to know you better" after reading your bio and some of your own works, LOL.

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      Linda Rogers 

      9 days ago from Minnesota

      Ah yes, it can be difficult to know people from the outer persona they present. A good food for thought poem.

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