I …

I am an individual.
I am the way I am.


They say I denotes egoism.
They don’t realize that I is also for individuality.


They say I am always happy.
They don’t see my stifled tears.


They say I should watch my step.
They don’t see that life has taught its lessons to me.


They say I should be mature.
They don’t see the kid in me wanting to break free.


They glorify amusement parks.
They turn blind to my love for nature.


They say I don’t understand the present.
They fail to understand that my actions are an outcome of my far sight.


They say I am peculiar.
They fail to see that they are peculiar somewhere else.


They say a lot, They fail to understand more.
Times may come, Times may go.
Its I standing testimony to time.
Its I against whom the tides of time lash at and erode me slowly.
Its I who will withstand the onslaughts and move from strength to strength.
Its I who is responsible for my actions and they can never replace I.

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47 thoughts on “I …

  1. It is not easy to write a balanced post with a highly volatile topic “I”
    …. but you did it.

    I agree with you….

    There is a very thin line between egoism and individuality and the terms like self-esteem, self-respect do creep in between them

    Btw, have you read Ayn Rand’s “Fountain Head” ?

    If not, do read it. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Beautiful poem Shilpa 🙂
    Loved the line; “They say a lot, they fail to understand more “
    It’s very hard to draw the line between egoism and individuality for sure 😀

  3. Hey liked the poem .. Infact read a article on TOI on the same. The difference between egoism and self esteem… 🙂
    Btw u kinda seem to know a lot of languages..:)

  4. Beautifully put in words a complex and nagging topic. At the same time strong , deep and powerful. Loved it. You write so well.

  5. Lovely poem…
    The I is considered bad..but ultimately that is what holds us together..our decisions, our actions and our thoughts.
    I believe that everyone thinks of self…and there is nothing wrong in it..

  6. Very well written!

    They say I denotes egoism.
    They don’t realize that I is also for individuality. – I luvv these lines 🙂

  7. wow! what powerful lines! BRAVO!
    “Its I who is responsible for my actions and they can never replace I.”

    Simply superb!

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