Populating the Self (a found poem)

Consider the moments:

Over lunch with friends you discuss Northern Ireland.
Although you have never spoken a word on the subject,
you find yourself heatedly defending British policies.

You work as an executive in the investments department
of a bank. In the evenings you smoke marijuana
and listen to the Grateful Dead.

You sit in a cafe and wonder
what it would be like to have an intimate relationship
with various strangers walking past.

You are a lawyer in a prestigious midtown firm.
On the weekends you work on a novel about romance
with a terrorist.

You go to a Moroccan restaurant and afterward take in the latest show
at a country-and-western bar.

From The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporay Life by Kenneth J. Gergen. Line breaks added by Ted Bonham.


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