Poem: Ego


As I lay waking

Shaking slumber from my sleeping brain

I thought about changing

How changing relationships involves really only

One thing

Ego

That big, bold, brazen self

We carry around with us

Sometimes like a shield

Sometimes like a sword

Sometimes like a rock to crawl under

The phone rings

A friend has lost a man

Because she did not want more

Just wanted to be a friend

To him

He walked and took his

Ego with him

Only humans carry it

Ego

Not the crow

Cawing atop the tree

For he is simply singing his story

Across the miles

Nor the wolf

Snarling sharp white incisors

Fiercely at foe

Never to harm, only to communicate

I am alpha

Or even turkey

Puffed and prodigious

Strutting, impressing to find a mate

But we lug our ego

And slam it against one another

We call it by other names

Pride

Beauty

Strength

But what is it really?

When we let it go

What then do we have?

We can face each other

Differently

With no masks

No cloaks

Shed of all that hides us

We become real

Vulnerable

And true

It’s a risky business

It’s an animal business

Innocent and inherited

Imagine facing one another

Without ego

The world

Without ego

No

Ego

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