Identify Yourself

You think you know who you are,
You don't know who you are at all,
You identify yourself with someone you aren't.

You will never find another one
Exactly like you
In this Universe....

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by Marieta Maglas

Comments (2)

I wouldn't know about it standing up to Sappho, Nick, but I have to disagree that that the poem has much to do with friends; really more to do with those with who one sets as guides for one's own life, whether friends or no. Life goes on; you live it, you move far from those early guides, so far that they may now seem as cold and distant as stars.... and have you been back to DS lately?
This 'little' poem has a classical lyrical ethos and stands up to Sappho. The subject, Gunn's recollection of his friends, could easily have lapsed into sentimentality, just as could have Sappho's. Instead, he puts them into an apallingly cold hard orbit in the classical cosmos.