Accidental Poet

For When a Man


For when a man

No longer confuses himself

With the definition of himself

That others have given him,

He is at once

Universal and unique.

~ Alan Watts ~


  • orchidee

    Good write AP.
    I may be confused within myself, if I think 'Me, Myself, and I'. Is that three persons? And which one am I?
    And furthermore, why don't I go back to sleep?! heehee

  • orchidee

    Now I don't know, then, in view of this poem, if a Scottish poet I think it was, Robert Burns, who said 'Give us the grace to see ourselves as others see us'.
    In that case we may just be bits and pieces made up of other's views of us. Got headache now, with all this thinking! lol.

    • Accidental Poet

      Well orchi, "me, myself & I" are all you, but not all at once. And orchi I think your pillow is not done with you yet. Get some sleep buddy. And thanks for reading.

    • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷😸

      Yeah true come to think of it.Ponderable muse in brief wow! Thumbs up.

      Pls do review my latest and add your thoughts on it.

      • Accidental Poet

        Thank you for reading and yes I'll try to come by and read your latest.

      • Alf W

        A short but to the point poem which I like very much. Released from what others think of us, frees us to be ourselves for sure! So well written.

        • Accidental Poet

          Wish I could say I wrote this, but I did not. Alan Watts wrote this great short quote. Thanks for reading Alf.

        • Michael Edwards

          A spot-on ode - love this shortie.

          • Accidental Poet

            Thanks for reading Michael, not one of mine though. Alan Watts wrote this quote.

          • Somerica

            Well said man

            • Accidental Poet

              Thanks for reading Somerica, This quote was written by Alan Watts.

            • Joe Dawson

              Yes AP, I'll buy that, be yourself and be unique. Nail on the head stuff I think. Good write, Joe

              • Accidental Poet

                Thanks Joe, but I can't take credit for this one. This was written by Alan Watts.

              • orchidee

                I have lost sleep over things like this, ya know. Whether today I am 'me, myself, I, or Joe Bloggs, or whoever'?! heehee.

                • Accidental Poet

                  It matters not who you are, as long as you're not who you did not want to be.

                • FredPeyer

                  Great writing, AP! It reminded me that we wear all these masks, trying to be the person we think the others expect us to be, and how liberating it is not to have to wear these masks anymore. I find that the older I get, the more I can be myself!

                  • Accidental Poet

                    This is not one of mine Fred. This was written by Alan Watts. But I agree with you 100%. Something I didn't understand until I was almost 50 years old. Thanks for reading Fred.

                    • FredPeyer

                      You had me fooled here, see, your writing is as good as his!!!

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                    • myself and me

                      Thank you for sharing. This journey could be short or long or forever.

                      • Accidental Poet

                        Thanks for reading m&m. That's between you and the journey to decide.

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