Louis Gibbs

Who might I have been

Were I not the 'Who' I am?

What small choice along the way

Sealed the direction of my life?


How many possible other selves

Might I have chosen to create...?

What other lives might I have lived

Had I turned this way, not that?


Is there a point at which,

Having chosen a direction,

We become someone different

Than whom we would have been?


Are there alternate realities to this world

Where other versions of me exist?

Who else then might I be

Other than the Who, I am?

  • Author: Louis Gibbs (Offline Offline)
  • Published: July 14th, 2017 07:44
  • Comment from author about the poem: An exercise in speculation, prompted by a very real dream last night of an interview with Bill Gates, an inspiration of mine. How else might I have used my creativity to better ends?
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 38
  • User favorite of this poem: Poetic Dan.
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  • ShannonXx

    A great write

    • Louis Gibbs

      Thank you, Shannon, for this kind comment.

    • Michael Edwards

      The idea gave me quite a smile and did enjoy reading it.

      • Louis Gibbs

        So glad to make you smile, Michael. Can't have too many of those!

      • Nicholas Browning

        This is true. Very true. I think about this more than I should. What path should I take, and what path will lead me to the least amount of regret. Thank you for this, it was wonderful. Happy writing Louis.

        • Nicholas Browning

          By the way, to answer your question. The only thing I would elaborate on is the alternate versions of ourselves. But for this poem, everything was stated in a way that left no other input. You risk the success of the flow if you add too much. So, for this poem, everything is perfect. Good job.

          • Louis Gibbs

            Thanks for both of your thoughtful replies, Nicholas! The question posed is certainly food for considerable thought, as you state.

          • 1 more comment

          • FredPeyer

            Louis, I am so glad I was sitting when reading your excellent poem, otherwise I would have had to sit down to think!
            You write, very eloquently I might add, about something I have thought about a lot.
            My conclusion, finally, is that yes, the direction of our life, what we do, where we live etc. is the result of all the little decisions we made as we went along, BUT our essence, our soul, does NOT change.
            The alternate reality question though is, in my mind, still wide open.

            • Louis Gibbs

              As it is in mine, and the minds of many in the scientific community and philosophers. I certainly think about it too and am wide open to the possibility. Thanks for your input, Fred.

            • Heather T

              Fascinating. Now I need to chew on it a while. Maybe not the Who, but the What...?

              • Louis Gibbs

                Both, or either ... or neither! Who can say? Thanks for your comment.

              • Goldfinch60

                Good write and yes there are alternate realities. I will put a poem on about it today.

                • Louis Gibbs

                  I read and liked it, Goldie!

                • Poetic Dan

                  What a perfect last read before I dift off to see the who that is my better than yesterday who.

                  Fantastic! Work of art

                  • Louis Gibbs

                    You are too kind, Dan! Thanks.

                  • Micalina

                    You are very talented. Great poem

                    • Louis Gibbs

                      And you are very kind. Thank you.

                      • Micalina

                        Your welcome

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