The Odyssey For My Self

poetry

How I try to perceive you
How deep down must I look
How long must I search for you
How treacherous are the waters that I must cross
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How many calls must I make
Of joy and love
Of sadness and fear
Before you hearken to my words
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How may I examine myself
Without an inner eye through which to look
How many errors must be made
Before one can tear down their guise
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How many breaths of air will I take
Before I breathe in you
How many mornings shall I awake
Before I know the name of you
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What is a heart without a voice
What is a mind without a soul
What is a body without an essence
What is a man without a goal
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How much pain must I suffer
Of myself and this earthly plane
How much fear must I survive
Before the judgment of our name
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How many triumphs must I take
And walk away with tears for the defeated
How many defeats must I claim as my own
And still gait away with dignity
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You are the essence of my being
You are the thought that makes me real
You are the desires of the heart
You are the ghost within my shell