Identity of words

So, after introducing myself I thought my first post proper should relate in some way to the power of words and identity because these are the two things that seem to me to be of almost critical relevance to something like a blog.  And so here are two short poems that deal with these themes in ways which really struck a chord… 

Somebody Else 
If I was not myself, I would be somebody else. 
But actually I am somebody else. 
I have been somebody else all my life. 

It’s no laughing matter going about the place 
all the time being somebody else: 
people mistake you; you mistake yourself. 

This Poem… 
This poem is dangerous: it should not be left 
Within the reach of children, or even of adults 
Who might swallow it whole, with possibly 
Undesirable side-effects.  If you come across 
An unattended, unidentified poem 
In a public place, do not attempt to tackle it 
Yourself.   Send it (preferably, in a sealed container) 
To the nearest centre of learning, where it will be rendered 
Harmless, by experts.  Even the simplest poem 
May destroy your immunity to human emotions. 
All poems must carry a Government warning.  Words 
Can seriously affect your heart…

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