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Be You (Haiku)

Updated on July 18, 2012
Don't Let Nothing Stop You From Being You!
Don't Let Nothing Stop You From Being You!

Be Yourself

Don't pretend to be

Something you're not meant to be

Just please be yourself


That makes you unique

Different than everyone else

You're the only you


So just stay that way

Don't go and change persona

That's not who you are


Don't fake who you are

And try to deceive the world

That's not what you want


Just be the real you

And whatever comes your way

Don't stop being you


If being you brings

Hardship and pain let it come

You can get through it


Just let you be you

And let nothing interfere

You from being you


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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Aww, Mary that is such a nice comment! You are too kind! I enjoy following you Mary! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I personally don't care too much for most Haikus, but I will admit I enjoyed this one. I agree with all of your words, good message!

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Beckie,

      Thanks! I enjoy your continually positive feedback and support!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Words to live by Josh! Absolutely fantastic job with this. Full of honesty and inspirational support.

      Fine write.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Keith,

      Thanks for the encouragement and support recently! You rock! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Brave,

      Thanks Shauna! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mythical,

      Thanks for your honest feedback! It is ok, everyone has different likes and dislikes. Glad you liked it, and thanks for the compliment! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Lesley,

      Thanks, appreciate the feedback! :0

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      There should be more messages like this for everyone across the world :) Great job, Josh!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      All I have to say, my friend, is Amen! It echos my poem, Be True to Yourself, which I've posted here on HP.

      Touche, my young friend! You are strong and know who you are, even through the changes you will encompass thru life!

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      This is an interesting poem with a great message. Personally Haikus are not my favorite but I still manage to read them well enough and I can enjoy them. This one has a beauty inherent in the words that just makes you think about... well you :-) Voted up :-)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Josh, great advice and a great poem! loved it and voted up!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mike,

      No problem at all bro! I didn't think there was anything wrong with it, but I was definitely open to suggestions as to something I was not made aware of :) But, yeah, no problem buddy! I am glad that you were trying to hlep me, even though you may have been misinformed. It is the thought that counts. :) Have a good night Mike!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey Josh, I mis-read the Wikipedia definition bro, your version is the English version of a Haiku, and so you're safe :)

      Yikes, these definitions are truly tough, Hehe! At least I was being as real as I can be, but sometimes being too real in the wrong way can do more harm then good, for sure.

      My bad bro, and the best part of being even more realer (Not a word, or one that fits there, but oh well), is admitting to making an error, and or being in the wrong, when you are in fact wrong.

      Boy was I wrong about your Haiku here, because your Haiku is 100% accurate.

      Now I gotta start trying to write Haiku's in the american version, and all this time I was following the Japanese version, thanks bro for the cool lesson, LOL.

      Sharing with everyone I can, Cheers to being real bro & in every way possible today.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      catgypsy,

      Thanks! Have a good one!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mhatter99,

      Thanks friend! I appreciate it! Very good insight as well! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rajan,

      Many thanks for your comment! I really appreciate it! Take care my friend! :)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Such an important message and so nicely written!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great haiku! but the Martin they all paid to see earned far more money for his charities. What did the caterpillar ask Alice? Interesting when one thinks on it. Nes pa?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I've always admired and liked people who are the same inside out.

      Your poem is beautiful and does strike a chord within me as I relate to it on a very personal level.

      Voted up, beautiful and awesome Josh.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mike,

      No problem at all! Just curious, which paramaters are you referring to? Thanks for your fedback!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mazio,

      Thanks for you awesome comment! Much appreciated! And thanks for the share.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I like this poem, but it lacks a bit of nature for a Haiku, but it was well worth the effort in formulating it Josh. I'm just being me, and I am not afraid to be honest with folks, that may make or break me in the end, but like you said be you even if it hurts.

      I love the meaning and overall goal of this poem, and so I am definitely voting it up, and out even if it falls slightly short on fulfilling the Haiku parameters of a "natural", connection and or some scene of nature such as a 'Mountain' hint, hint, hint.

      Cheers to awesome poetry and hub writing bro.

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      MazioCreate 5 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      One haiku can sum up a mountain of self help books. Congratulations and a beautiful piece of writing. Liked it and shared with my followers.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      dwachira,

      Glad you were motivated, that's awesome to hear! :) Thanks for the votes and take care!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ann,

      Thanks, yeah a few of us hubbers have started writing them, they are fun! Glad you liked the message, and thanks for the vote!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Tammy,

      Thanks for the encouragement! Glad you enjoyed this poem! Take care now! :)

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Your welcome. you know, I like this quote a lot.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Dana,

      Thanks for youyr feedback, maybe I should start calling publishing companies! LOL Take care!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Sue,

      Thanks! You take care too!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Maria,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a beautiful comment. I appreciate your recent support of my writings! In fact, I have thought of teaching before, just not sure what. :)

      You have a wonderfurl evening.morning as well! :) Hugs back atcha!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Paula,

      Thanks so much! That was an awesome and encouraging comment!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You did put it in way that i feel motivated, i always try to be self-motivated and here i got a kick on. Thanks, voted up, useful and shared.

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Wow, it has been awhile since I saw Haiku. I forgot it even existed. This is really clever, Josh! And I liked the message. Voted up!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You radiate energy and positivity in your hubs. Your poems are always a joy to read. I love this!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is great. One of my favorite messages! You really bring it across in a fun yet powerful way. I can totally see it on a children's show set to music. :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Josh

      I don't know how to be anybody but me. Loved your haiku.

      Voted up and away

      Take care :)

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Josh,

      I say frequently that haikus are my very favorite form of poetry. I love them even more when they are of an inspirational... mantra like musing.

      It took me a long time in life to develop my own affirmations, haiku-style. I share them with my students. To me, you are incredibly wise for your years, comfortable in your skin with priorities straight. I love when 'age learns from youth' and I am continuously discovering and learning something new from your writings. Not being presumptuous, have you considered teaching or speaking in your life journey?

      Have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Josh.... LOVE this!!! So real and so true! I agree with your advice 100%......Let me say, AMEN!!! Wonderful haiku! UP+++

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Julie,

      Thanks my fellow Connecticutian! ROFL

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Christy,

      Thanks for the votes and support! Yes I am currently learning it the hard way. I guess when you think you are fine is when you really aren't.. A scary lesson, but one that you need to learn.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Always,

      LOL, thanks! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Elseductor,

      Interesting angle, thanks for sharing!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Joyce,

      As always, thanks for your continual support and votes!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      TT,

      Yes I agree with both of you. This hub was aimed at me, and therefore was easy to write, but hard to swallow, if that makes any sense.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Katrine,

      That is true, I agree with you for sure. Great insight!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cyndi,

      Thanks, yes pleasing others can get dangerous and harmful. Thanks for your feedback!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      Thanks for your feedback Uncle Bill! I have recently been studying this topic because I have been failing at it. This hub was a "preach at myself " type of hub, if that makes any sense.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Marlene,

      Thanks for your feedback and for the continual support!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mary,

      Thanks for your awesome comments! You rock!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Oh so very true!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lesson that I learned the hard way. I agree with your words. Vote up and beautiful

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great advice and I agree with the comment above..LOL

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great poem, Voted up and awesome.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I agree with billybuc, definitely words to take to heart and live by.

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      KatrineDM 5 years ago

      Finding our true self can take time Josh, but once mastered we can live our life in any way we desire. Great writing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      This is inspirational! Indeed, I think so many of us go around trying to please others. If we do it too much, then we lose ourselves in the process. Poignant and thoughtful writing. Nice!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good words to live by Josh! The goal of every man and woman for sure.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I like the message in this hub. I also agree. Voted up!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      If you can't be yourself who can you be? As always Josh, a great job and a great subject. You have hit the mark very well on something we must all remember!

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda,

      Thanks for your feedback! This truly was from your heart and I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Your message gets an Amen from me Josh!!! There is only one way to be and that's your true self! Always "be true to you" is another of my favorite mottos. There is no in between.

      Fab hub!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mandar,

      Thanks buddy, appreciate it! You take cafe as well!

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      Mandar Karandikar 5 years ago from Ratlam, India

      Josh,

      Great art. Amazing haiku. Keep them coming buddy.

      Take care, and have a great day,

      :) Mandar

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Joseph,

      Thanks for your feedback, appreciate the comment! Thanks, you take care as well!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      M,

      Yes, people will accept for us for who we are if they truly love us! Well said M!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Dexter,

      Thanks for your comment! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Thanks for your continual support! I really appreciate it! :)

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago from New York

      Was thinking of politicians and thier ads. But seriously you have written a beautiful piece. Hope to read more stuff from the heart. People are people, and we all have our ups and downs. TAKE CARE!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Great J! Every person is special and unique.. and we dont have to pretend to be someone else were not. People who truly loves you will accept who you are. :P love it.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Nice message!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Very true Josh and totally agree with the message here about just being yourself whether things are good or bad. Once again you are just wise beyond your years. Voted up and shared too!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      Lol, thanks you too! ;)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Well, good cooperation there!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Michelle,

      We seem to be on the same wavelength recently lol

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      And I was about to write something on humanity. Good tie in. Great job, Josh.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Kelley,

      Thanks, I really appreciated that comment! Have a good night!

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I love this and people who can write poems!

      VOTED UP and AWESOME!

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