MYSELF - BY EDGAR A. GUEST
I have to live with myself, and so
I want to be fit for myself to know;
I want to be able as days go by
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I've done.
I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
A lot of secrets about myself,
And fool myself as I come and go
Into thinking nobody else will know
The kind of man I really am;
I don't want to dress me up in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect,
I want to deserve all men's respect;
But here in the struggle for fame and pelf,
I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to think as I come and go
That I'm bluster and bluff and empty show.
I can never hide myself from me,
I see what others can never see,
I know what others may never know--
I never can fool myself -- and so,
Whatever happens, I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience-free.
--Edgar A. Guest