Am I true to myself?

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I have to live with myself, and so

I want to be fit for myself to know,

I want to be able, as days go by,

Always look myself straight in the eye;

I don’t want to stand, with the setting sun,

And hate myself for things I have done/

I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf

A lot of secrets about myself,

And fool myself, as I come and go,

Into thinking that nobody else will know.

The kind of man I really am;

I don’t want to dress up myself on sham.

I want to go out with my head erect,

I want to deserve all men’s respect;

But here in the struggle for fame and pelf

I want to be able to like myself.

I don’t want to look at myself and know

That I am bluster and bluff and empty show.

I can never hide myself from me;

I see what other may never see;

I know what others may never know,

I never can fool myself and so,

Whatever happens, I want to be

Self-respecting and conscience free.

  • A poem by Edgar Guest
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