Poem: I Am (For Walt Whitman)


I am the Aura of every being

I am you in nakedness unseen

I am hope and I am despair

I am the wild wind in your hair


I am the sins of everyone

I am Mother Nature's son

I am the fruit of the summer vine,

I am the taste of warm winter wine


I am wild flowers

In soft summer showers

I am the seed that grows to weed

I am the rain and I am the pain


I am the eyes and I am the ears

I am known in childhood tears

I am the mouth and I am the nose

I am the sweet, soft scent of summer rose


I am day and I am night

I am shadow and I am light

I am young and I am old

I am a story yet untold


I am living and I am dead

I am your daily bread

I am bitter, I am sweet

I am whole and incomplete


I am sea and I am shore

I am the way, I am the core

I am home and I am away

I am with you every day


I am the brook and I am the tree

I am all there is to be

I am rich and I am poor

I am the beggar at your door


I am the master and the slave

I am deceased and in the grave

I am the leaf of every glade

I am the branches and the shade


I am a diamond, I am a stone

I am flesh, I am bone

I am war and I am peace

I can make all things cease


I am future and I am past

I am the first and I am the last

I am the sunrise and the light

I am the sunset and the night


I am the moon and every star

I am the road that takes you far

I am the whip, I am the chain

I am the blood, I am the stain


I am good and I am kind

I am all that I designed

I am a song and I am a sonnet

I am a ribbon on an Easter bonnet


I am rhythm and I am rhyme

I am the space outside of time

I am tenacious and obscene

I am all that is serene


I am common and banal

I am the green waters of a lily pad Canal

I am the wise and I am the fool

I am the hand and I am the tool


I am... I am... I am!


© Niall Markey 2010

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warrioRR 6 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

What a lovely creation


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niallmarkey 6 years ago from New York Author

Thank you very much.


sean  5 years ago

Really enjoyed it!

It's been along time, your auld friend in Dundalk; Sultan of Swing


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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

What a beautiful poem. "I am a ribbon on an Easter bonnet" - what a beautiful image! So simple and yet it says so much. I see why you dedicated this to Walt Whitman - one of my favorite American poets. "I celebrate myself . . ."


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niallmarkey 5 years ago from New York Author

Thank you very much for reading my poem. It was inspired by Whitman's 'I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul'.


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steve of ian fame 5 years ago from Essex

I am lost. Only the shortsighted are found.

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