Self discovery #poetry and #prose

“Who am I?”
The ageless question.
Simple for some,
Difficult for others.

I search my conscience
And upend memory
Weigh my heart on the scales of deep truth
Think of the lengths to which I would go
And the lines I would dare not cross
In there, somewhere
I find but fractions of my nature
Yet still I am pleased
For every sliver of self discovery
Is more than priceless!

Who am I; if I’ve seen through an angel’s eyes
And dwelt in a demon’s lair
If I’ve scaled the mountains of love
And endured the chasms of depression
Who am I if I long to soothe each lonely heart
And bring a tear of emotion to all
If I seek to touch the darkness within
And tell it; that there is no reason it can’t be beautiful
That longing is a pathway to empathy
And that depression can herald selfless love.

Who am I, if not a writer at heart
Seeking each one
And belonging to all.

And so I seek a soulful artist
A passionate photographer
And an intuitive designer
To create the cover to my story
Hue it in dark shades
And sparkle it with warm light
Undertones of beauty
That enhance its allure
A cover that reaches out
Tells you it’s okay
That someone is here
That someone understands
And you are not alone.

If you look, you can see in any face, your own desires and fears.

© judeitakali


Reena’s exploration challenge“If you are a book, what will the cover be?”

I hope you enjoyed this.

Reena challenged us this week, to portray ourselves in regards to the prompt above,
And I thank her for an opportunity to sift through my essence.

Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.

115 responses to “Self discovery #poetry and #prose”

  1. Beautiful and enigmatic

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    1. Thank you very much 🙏🏽

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      1. You’re very welcome

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  2. Really enjoyed it Jude. Fantastic writing.

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    1. Thank you so much Sadje 🧡

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      1. You’re welcome 😉

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    1. Thank you very much 🙏🏽

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      1. Welcome, dear.

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  3. Wow! You have a way with words Jude. Simply loved it 💙💜

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika. It means alot🧡🍁

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    1. Thank you very much Pallavi

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  4. Beautiful penned. Simply profound thinking. Great poem. Love the opening verse😊👍

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    1. Thank you so much Suzette

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  5. I love this:
    ‘In there, somewhere
    I find but fractions of my nature
    Yet still I am pleased
    For every sliver of self discovery
    Is more than priceless!’
    I agree! And those final lines as well…every hardship can make us a better person 😊

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    1. Thank you so much Ingrid. I’m so glad you appreciate this 🧡

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  6. Strong yet poignant with purposeful seeking.

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    1. Thank you so much Dora❤️

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  7. This prompt was a very spur-of-the-moment idea, but I’m happy about it. It has drawn soulful responses from every participant.

    I love these lines

    Think of the lengths to which I would go
    And the lines I would dare not cross

    Life happens between these two ends.

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    1. Thank you Reena. It’s in those moments that our deepest nature shows. Between those lines

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  8. Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Self-Discovery ….. by judeitakali

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  9. Self-discovery is a journey within… very few can explore it as beautifully as this one. What a balanced view! I like it.

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    1. Thank you so much Roop, I’m glad you appreciate it. ❤️

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    1. Thank you very much 🙏🏽

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    1. Thank you very much 🙏🏽

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  10. To see ourselves reflected in another–perhaps that is the only true communication. (K)

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    1. Not the only true one K, but true😌

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  11. Such a thoughtful take on the challenge Jude..and yes, “who am i?” Maybe easy for some, difficult for others..

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    1. Thank you very much Michelle 🧡.

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  12. So beautifully written. 🌷

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    1. Thank you so much Michaela 🌷❤️

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      1. Always a pleasure 🙂

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  13. This is a great question! I think we will never know who really we are. We are made of moments and circumstances, so always changing and adapting.

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. But I do genuinely believe that we have a core and raw nature that develops and fits us like a glove. That’s the essence of who we are

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  15. Cool lines: “Who am I, if not a writer at heart / Seeking each one / And belonging to all.” A poem that mirrors the soul. Also this part: “I find but fractions of my nature
    Yet still I am pleased / For every sliver of self discovery / Is more than priceless!”

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    1. Thank you so much Benjamin. I’m glad you appreciate this, and relate to those lines.🙏🏽

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      1. Yeah, really hit me right away. Great power. Have a great start to your week!

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        1. Thank you. And you too.

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  16. Amazing one!! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Pavithra

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  17. A fascinating poem, Jude. And that depression can herald selfless love – do you really think this is true? I’ve always thought depression was a bit selfish but maybe I am being unfeeling about it.

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    1. Going through the darkness gives us perspective and understanding which is a path to selflessness.
      I didn’t mean while being depressed but when we have spiralled through the worst.

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  18. Goodness, gracious. I love your poetry, Jude. When will your book be out? 😀 😀

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    1. Thank you so much. I’m trying hard to get there. I hope soon.😌🙏🏽

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  19. I feel the sincerity of your words. You are a truly gentle soul, Jude. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Jade. Now that you put it that way, I think I am.

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      1. You’re very welcome.

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    1. Thank you so much for appreciating.🧡

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    2. I’ve failed to visit your site. If you could share the URL here in the comments section, I can go over

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      1. Oh.. thank you so much for visiting my site. Here is the URL – http://www.afreesoul24.wordpress.com
        Thanks alot

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  20. Jude, I am so very moved by this offering you give here! Your insight into the human psyche and your ability to reveal the core of the human heart is truly a gift. I am delighted to know that you have, long ago, found this element of who you are!

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    1. Hey Tara. Thank you so much for the compliment. I’m very grateful ❤️
      I acknowledged this part of me and began doing it actively quite recently, but deep down, I think I have always known. With the journals and the reading and the love of words that can move a person.

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    1. Thank you very much.

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  21. Really enjoyed reading this!

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    1. Thank you very much.

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  22. “If you look, you can see in any face, your own desires and fears.”
    These lines say it all. You’ve captured journey of self wonderfully, Jude. Well done. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Kitty. I’m sorry this got put in the spam folder. I’ll be over to yours to read tomorrow 💜🧡

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      1. No worries Jude, it happens often that comments end up as spam sometimes. 🙂

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  23. wonderful poem ! i enjoyed it ! great work 👍

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    1. Thank you so much 🙏🏽

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    1. Thank you kindly. 🍁

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  24. Wow. Beautiful poetry

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    1. Thank you so much.🍁

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  25. This was such a great read. Please keep it up.

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    1. Thank you so much.🍁🙏🏽

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  26. Your last line reminds me of ‘The admonition to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes means before judging someone, you must understand his experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc. The full idiom is: Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. In effect, it is a reminder to practice empathy.’

    May we everyday discover how we can be better for ourselves and others. 🙂

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    1. Beautifully put. I love that idiom. Thank you so much Jules🧡🤗

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    1. Love the blog, I’ve been there. Left a comment 😇

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      1. Thank you so much ,I will constantly check your posts🤗🤗

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  27. Such beautiful verses….you write so well….it was a wonderful read…keep it up!!😊💖

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you like it.

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      1. You are most welcome…😊😊

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  28. “Catcher in the Rye” for now 😎

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    1. Hehe, definitely. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness.🍁

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  29. Amazing post loved it

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  31. Loved it. Beautiful writing. 💚

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    1. Thank you very much 🙏🏽 Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you so much.🙏🏽

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  32. This was fantastic!! 😍✨

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation.

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      1. Of course!🙏🏼

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  33. Wonderful 💖 I love this kind of poems

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    1. Thank you so much Arria🧡

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  34. Interesting view. But reality is perceived in each mind very differently. And one who dreams lives as much as one who doesn’t.

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  35. Thanks for the thought. Hope is a lifeline .

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  36. I greatly enjoyed reading this poem, I especially like the lines, “Weigh my heart on the scales of deep truth, Think of the lengths to which I would go, And the lines I would dare not cross.” It reminds me of the balances we strike each day, living between our extremes. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for appreciating this. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes we fight with those choices everytime.

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  37. Absolutely brilliant composition of words, Who Am I and a great challenge taken, Jude. Loved the reality in your poem.

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  38. I loved reading your poem. I also loved the writing prompt… “If I am a book, what would my cover be?” I reflected on my favorite vacation I went on when I was 13 years old to the Bahamas with my family. I could relive that scene over and over and over again and never get bored of it. Thanks 🙂

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    1. thank you so much for the appreciation. the bahamas indeed sounds like a dream.

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  39. Beautifully written😊

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    1. Thank you so much Anuneel💜🙏🏾

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